IRVINE — This One Water Water Polo team just keeps making history.
The 12-and-under team is the first one in the area to qualify for the Junior Olympics. On Saturday, the boys played their first game in the competition at Woodbridge High School in Irvine.
They also won their very first game. They then won their second game.
One Way made a splash in its Junior Olympic debut on Saturday, dominating Lamorinda, from Contra Costa County, 16-4 in its first game. The team then got past United, an Orange County team, 13-8 in its second game.
"We feel great about it. The wins today automatically jumped us into the top 12 of our tournament," coach Miles Whitfield said during a phone interview from Irvine Saturday evening. "We're excited about that. To win the first two games is big in this tournament and gives you a better schedule along the way."
One Way's Logan Todd and Cahill Tucker both had big offensive days. Todd, the team's 2-meter defender, made his biggest impact on the offensive side, scoring four goals against Lamorinda and six goals versus United. Tucker had five goals against Lamorinda and a pair of goals against United.
"We've really been focusing on our swimming and we out-swam both teams today. In the first game we really out-swam the other team," Whitfield said. "The hard work paid off in that first game.
"In the second game we were more dominant physically than the other team. Logan Todd had a real nice performance with those six goals."
Whitfield said Todd was effective from long-range, making a lot of outside shots for One Way.
"A lot of times Logan doesn't get opportunities to score, but today he did," Whitfield said, adding that Todd popped in four goals in the win over Lamorinda.
One Way will play two games on Sunday, starting with a 10:45 a.m. contest against Menlo Park and an afternoon game against a to-be-determined opponent. Those games will be played at Canyon High School in Anaheim.
Whitfield said the team has found its groove both in and out of the pool, finding ways to relax before and after games while maintaining focus during competition.
"They're having fun for sure," he said. "They always have a good time when they're together. In fact, they're running around the hotel right now. But they take the games very seriously. The know this is a big tournament for them and they know when to put their game-faces on, for sure."
One Way earned its spot in the Junior Olympics with a 13th-place finish at a qualifying tournament in Commerce that ended on June 4.
The team is filled with players from all over the Central Coast, including Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, Santa Maria and Lompoc. The team members are Lucas Anderson, Alex Andrade, Michael Brown, Jonathan Carcarey, Adrian Eisner, Aidan Fitzpatrick, Levi Pick, Morrison Steffora, Jacob Timmer, Kyle Timmer and Zachary Whitfield, along with Todd and Tucker.