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Chase Borisoff, Symeon Stefan, Spencer Rogers and Arman Momdzhyan named All-American

Area quartet named to All-American water polo squad.

January 21, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Chase Borisoff of La Canada High School
Chase Borisoff of La Canada High School (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

It was a 2012 boys’ water polo season packed with success from a number of area teams with three squads — Pasadena Poly, La Cañada and Glendale high — reaching their respective CIF Southern Section division championship games.

Only the Panthers realized their dream and won the Division V title with a 12-10 win over the Nitros after having reached the final stage and coming up empty the two previous years. Players from Poly, Glendale and La Cañada, which fell to M.L. King in the Division III final, 14-9, were recognized when the All-Southern California and California-Hawaii All-American water polo teams were unveiled on Jan. 13.

Spencer Rogers of the Panthers, Chase Borisoff and Symeon Stefan of the Spartans were both named All-American, while the Nitros’ Arman Momdzhyan was an All-American honorable mention. Those four were also elected members of the All-Southern California team, along with Poly’s Kelly McGee.

“It's really cool, especially considering Poly is in a lower division and to be recognized by coaches of higher divisions and throughout the state for my accomplishments,” said Rogers, who was a sixth-team All-American and third-team All-Southern California selection, respectively. “It's really cool.”

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Rogers, a three-year varsity player, said the Panthers progressed each year in their pursuit of a CIF title. It was “more of a fluke” when they reached the final in 2010, he said, while the 2011 squad realized they had a good chance to win it all.

“We were expecting to win everything and to come up short again in the championship game really hurt,” said Rogers, who’s the first Poly player to be named an All-American since Timmy Gilfillan in 2009. “None of the guys gave up and we pulled together and tried to do it one more time. The way we played together as a team and how we got along contributed to us being able to do it and knowing that none of us wanted to feel as bad as we did when we lost both times.”

Rogers has had a number of opportunities to relive this past season, as he was named the Division V and Prep League Most Valuable Player in the offseason after he put up 117 goals, 57 steals and 51 drawn ejections in 2012.

McGee was a sixth-team selection for the All-Southern California team after scoring 39 goals, 30 assists and 42 steals, while earning first-team All-CIF and all-league honors.

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