Aquatics Center Named After Olympian Gold Medalist

By City News Service

Young fan Leonard Cruz of Commerce, right, got to meet his idol Brenda Villa. He admires Villa’s “determination.” EGP photo by Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou

Commerce renamed its aquatics center for Olympic gold medal-winning water polo player Brenda Villa on Aug. 26.

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Villa was raised in Commerce and began swimming with Commerce Aquatics when she was 6 years old. Villa was also a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. women’s water polo teams in the 2000 and 2008 Olympics and the 2004 team that won a bronze medal.

Villa played on the boys’ water polo team at Bell Gardens High School, and was a four-time, first-team All-Southern Section selection.

She helped lead Stanford to the 2002 NCAA women’s water polo championship.

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August 30, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


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