A total of three teams from the Bahamas Mantas Water Polo Club took part in an international tournament this past weekend, experiencing mixed results at the Southern Florida International Water Polo Tournament in Coral Springs, Florida.
The under-14 squad finished with a 2-2 win-loss record. They were first in their bracket during regular play and then lost to Capital, 14-8, in a placement match. In their final match, they defeated Marlin TRI, 12-9. In the team’s first two matches, they dropped a close one against Navy, 12-11, and then defeated the Riptides, 22-7, in their second match.
The under-16 squad won just one out of five matches. They finished third in their bracket during regular play and then lost to the Riptides and Encantada. They defeated San Jose Cariba in their final match.
In their first match, the Bahamas Mantas under-16 squad fell to SLAP, 14-10. They then went on to lose, 10-2, to Capital in their second match. The Bahamas Mantas also dropped their third and fourth matches, losing 14-7 to the Riptides in their third match and 13-7 to Encantada in their fourth match.
In their fifth and final match of the tournament, the Bahamas Mantas under-16 squad drilled San Jose Cariba, winning easily 15-4.
The Bahamas Mantas under-19 squad fared a little better, finishing with a 2-2 win-loss record.
They defeated Whitecap in their first match, 9-4, but then lost to the Orlando Thunder in their second game, 15-10. The Bahamas Mantas dropped their third game, falling 13-10 to Navy. They came back in their fourth and final game and edged Mako Polo, 14-13.
Various players on the three teams are gearing up for competition at the CARIFTA Water Polo Championships, set for April 2-5 at Barbados National Aquatics Centre in Wildey, Barbados. Last year, The Bahamas won three medals at CARIFTA Water Polo – gold from the under-16 team, silver from the under-14 squad and bronze from the under-19 team.
The year before, The Bahamas swept CARIFTA Water Polo, winning gold medals in all three divisions. The Bahamas Aquatics Federation (BAF) is expected to ratify the three teams next month.