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The U.S. Navy issued the following press release:


By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Michael Lindsey


Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Directorate Public Affairs


The U.S. Navy SEALs sponsored the 2008 America's Finest City Men's High School Water Polo Invitational, at Coronado High School, Coronado, Calif., Sept. 27.


The tournament consisted of 32 participating teams from all over California. The final eight competed at the Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex pool at Coronado High School, where the Navy SEALs presented the "Fire in the Gut" award to the most motivated player.


"The 'Fire in the Gut' award is an award that we give out in SEAL training not necessarily to the best person, but to the one who displays the most tenacity and has that 'no-quit' attitude," said Special Operator 1st Class (SEAL) David Goggins.


The Navy "Leap Frogs" performed a team parachute demonstration, and several Navy SEALs - former water polo players themselves - were present at the event answering questions about SEAL training to inquisitive high schoolers and their parents.


Historically, water polo players have enjoyed a higher success rate at Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training than other candidates. In fact, there are at least 11 known water polo players from Coronado High School, who have attended the basic SEAL training course. All of them successfully made it through the BUD/S program.


Water polo is a team water sport, described as a combination of swimming, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, rugby and wrestling. Each team consists of six field players and one goalkeeper.


"These athletes were some of the best I've ever seen. They were in excellent condition and mental and physical shape," said Goggins. "They were focused on what they had to do."


"The Naval Special Warfare community is always actively engaging young athletes who have a physical and mental predisposition to succeed in SEAL training," said Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Andy Schreiner, operations officer for the Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Directorate. "San Diego is our home, and we are thrilled to support this competition right here in our community."


Passing the physical screening test (PST) to become a SEAL means minimums of a 500-yard swim in 13 minutes; 42 push-ups in two minutes; 50 sit-ups in two minutes; 6 pull-ups; and 1.5-mile run in 12 minutes, 30 seconds. Those who can complete the PST with more competitive scores typically have a higher success rate in SEAL training.


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October 6, 2008

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