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Aquatics Center Named After Olympian Gold Medalist


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.