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Wahine water polo focused on Big West tournament

By Jason Kaneshiro on April 15, 2018

A weekend sweep represented a milestone in a larger journey for the University of Hawaii water polo team. The fifth-ranked Rainbow Wahine captured the program’s first outright Big West regular-season championship with Sunday’s 12-6 win at Cal State Northridge while also becoming the first UH team to go undefeated in conference play. The Wahine (20-4, 5-0 BWC) had clinched the top seed in the Big West tournament with an 11-4 win at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday and the win […]

No. 5 Wahine open Big West vs. UC Irvine

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 2, 2018

Hawaii water polo coach Maureen Cole knows better than to put much stock in UC Irvine’s record. The Anteaters visit Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex on Saturday for the Big West opener at 4-8, next to last in the conference entering the week. But upon closer examination, all of UCI’s losses have come against teams ranked in the top seven of this week’s Collegiate Water Polo Association rankings — No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 USC, No. 3 UCLA (in overtime), No. 4 […]

Wahine water polo opens with split

By Jason Kaneshiro on January 20, 2018

The sixth-ranked University of Hawaii water polo team opened the season by splitting matches with No. 4 California and No. 22 Loyola Marymount in the Rainbow Invite on Saturday at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.   California’s Anna Illes and Emma Wright scored three goals each to lead the Golden Bears to a 9-4 win over UH.  Cal led 3-0 in the second quarter before UH closed the gap on goals by Claire Nixon and Maartje Keuning. But Wright scored with […]

Rare home opener for Wahine water polo

By Jason Kaneshiro on January 19, 2018

A veteran University of Hawaii water polo team opens a new season on Saturday under a rather unfamiliar circumstance — at home. For the first time since 2000, the program’s third year of existence, the Rainbow Wahine will begin a season in their own pool when they host the four-team Rainbow Invite this weekend at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. “Weird, but exciting,” seventh-year UH coach Maureen Cole said of opening at home. “We’ve always gotta fly across the Pacific before […]

UH water polo dives back into Big West play

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 29, 2017

Whether her players know it or not, Hawaii water polo coach Maureen Cole decided to ease up a bit in practice during a week off from competition. After opening their first homestand of the season with a one-goal loss to No. 1 USC and a resounding win over No. 13 Indiana, the Rainbow Wahine had 10 days to prepare for a run of three matches against ranked opponents over the next three days. While the Rainbow Wahine used the time […]

Tough loss fuels Rainbow Wahine water polo

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 20, 2017

Perched high above the pool, Hawaii head coach Maureen Cole had a clear view of the Rainbow Wahine water polo team’s resilience in a win over Indiana on Saturday. Given a red card late in UH’s controversial loss to No. 1 USC on Friday, Cole was restricted from the pool deck for the following match and observed the 11-5 Rainbow Wahine victory over the Hoosiers from the roof of the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex while assistant Katie Teets managed the […]

UH water polo hosts No. 1 USC in home debut

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 17, 2017

Maureen Cole crafted the University of Hawaii water polo team’s 2017 schedule to test the Rainbow Wahine. Sure, UH’s sixth-year head coach would have preferred to see a few close losses tilt the other way in a 9-8 season to date. But Cole remains focused on the benefits of learning through challenges. “The way you get to become the best is to play the best consistently,” Cole said. “So we don’t have a fluff schedule, that’s for sure.” After playing […]

Depth drives Rainbow Wahine water polo

By Jason Kaneshiro on January 20, 2017

Now in her 11th year with the Rainbow Wahine water polo program, Maureen Cole can’t recall a pool of talent quite this deep. Along with returning nearly the entire roster off last year’s 20-8 team, the Wahine welcome back three redshirts who ranked among the top four scorers of the 2015 Big West title team while adding a promising freshman class to the mix. “I hate to get ahead of myself, but this is by far been the deepest Hawaii […]