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The CSM women’s water polo team closes the regular season 3:30 p.m. Friday with a home match against Ohlone, a team the Bulldogs have already beaten once this season.

The College of San Mateo women’s water polo team has taken its lumps playing against some of the top teams in the state, but the Bulldogs may be on the verge of winning seven of their next games.

Speed, power and execution will be on display Saturday during CSM’s first-ever water polo tournament, a mini invitational that includes six of the top teams in Northern California.

The World Champion USA National Water Polo Team and the Chinese National Team arrive in San Mateo County this weekend. College of San Mateo coach Randy Wright has arranged with USA Water Polo for both teams to train at CSM’s new aquatic facility over the coming week.

Now in its eighth year, the CSM women’s swimming program has had some decent teams but never a true individual standout talent. Until now. “It’s nice. I’ve finally got myself a superstar,” Bulldogs coach Randy Wright said, referring to freshman sensation Andrea Chan, a Mills High graduate.

The new aquatic center brings the CSM aquatics program into the 21st century with one of the best facilities on the Peninsula. And no one is happier than Randy Wright, the Bulldogs’ swim coach and women’s water polo coach. Wright, who started the women’s water polo program in 2003 in addition to re-starting the swim team, had a hand in the design of the new facilities, which includes an Olympic-size pool as well as a warmup pool and tons of deck space.