After a fast and promising performance in the qualification rounds where SoCal 29er Team Quinn Wilson and Riley Gibbs placed third and qualified for the championship Gold Fleet, things did not go well in the finals. Riley Gibbs checked in with your SCSN Editor and reported that basically the wheels came off in shifty, challenging conditions. Wilson/Gibb’s did have a good last day though, breaking into the top 20 (19th) out of a fleet of over 200 teams.
How a California high school keeps cranking out Olympians
Dan Arritt, Special to ESPN.com July 29,2016
When you spend your childhood just a five-minute drive from an aquatics complex as famed and friendly as Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, California, chances are you strapped on swim goggles even before you slid on your first backpack.
That’s how Maureen O’Toole grew up, churning through the water on a near-daily basis, first as an age-group swimmer in this seaside city, and later as the greatest women’s water polo player in the world.
It’s a childhood many have experienced on the southeast side of this global maritime hub, a way of life that’s catapulted some — like O’Toole — all the way to the Olympics.
Woodrow Wilson Classical High School has been the biggest beneficiary of the lifestyle that comes with a proximity to the diverse waterways of Long Beach, and Belmont Plaza in particular. The indoor pool there was the site of the 1968 and 1976 Olympic swimming and diving trials and numerous other high-profile meets before it was demolished in late 2014 due to earthquake retrofit deficiencies.
Stunningly, Wilson has placed at least one alumnus in every Summer Olympics since 1952 (save for 1980, when the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Games). Of the school’s 29 Olympians in that span, 16 were swimmers, divers or water polo players. Tony Azevedo stretched Wilson’s consecutive Games streak to 16 this summer by qualifying for his fifth straight Olympic men’s water polo team.
This very popular annual event draws well over 150 junior sailors to race in various classes on a course that starts near the Queen Mary and finishes a few miles later off of the Long Beach Yacht Club.
SoCal’s Quinn Wilson and Riley Gibbs are sailing in this event where there are 228 teams competing for the world championship. After the first three races today they are in tenth place, winning the second race.