Rocklin air headed for Junior Olympics

Water polo standouts can't wait for fall
By: Amanda Calzada Placer Herald Correspondent
-A +A
Two Rocklin teenagers, Evan Pugh and Alek Dendall, are already pumped to begin their fall water polo season. Representing American River Water Polo, the club is now ranked in the top 12 teams in the nation and is heading to the 42nd Annual Junior Olympics held in Orange County, Calif., from July 31-Aug. 2. American River had to win games against Clovis and Ripon to secure a spot at Junior Olympics, commonly known as “J.O.’s.” Junior Olympics are the most elite games for water polo players, second to the United States Club Championships. Pugh primarily plays offense, while Dendall takes a position called hole set, the position most analogous to football’s quarterback. The water polo duo are both on the A-team for American River and also juggle swimming in their schedule. While Pugh swims for the Rocklin Wave, Dendall swims for the Wolverines. Pugh, 14, is the son of Laurie and Mike Pugh and Dendall, also 14, is the son of Jennifer and Scott Dendall. Pugh will be attending Rocklin High School in the fall and Dendall will be attending Granite Bay High School. E-mail Placer Herald Sports at