Rocky Mountain Neptunes Water Polo Club
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The original then Boulder Neptunes club was formed by Manu Ghaffari in October, 2005. A year later, we joined the late Grier Laughlin's Colorado Water Polo Club based in Aurora.
In late 2010 with the help of the Games family, Rocky Mountain Neptunes was established as a nonprofit club.
In March 2011, just a month after Grier's tragic accident, RMN organized and hosted the first Grier Laughlin's Memorial Tournament to honor him, help his family, and to help CWP reorganize itself.
In October 2011, RMN hosted the first ever Rocktober 12U national tournament with the help of USWP's Claudia Dodson. 12 teams participated from the West coast, East coast, Mountain, and Midwest zones. RMN had 3 teams, 2 Mixed, and one girls, and repeated the same in 2012. We hosted the first 3 years of Rocktober.
Hosting this important tournament outside of California significantly helped the growth of 12U players in our state and zone.
Several Olympians have helped train our team!
Summer 2011: One of the best defenders in the world, Natalie Golda-Benson was our guest.
Dec. 2012: Former Olympian Genai Kerr was invited to run a 4 hour clinic at VMAC while visiting family in Denver. 30 players attended.
April 21, 2013: Former US Men's Olympic team coach, Rob Lynn and a member of his coaching staff, Marco Plazzo, ran a 7 hour clinic at VMAC attended by 21 Neptunes players, 5 RMN coaches, and 4 CWP players.
2015: A member of the US Women's Olympic team coaching staff, Kyle Utsumi, was our guest.
May 2016: US Women's National Team Captain and FINA's Player of the Decade, Brenda Villa ran a two day clinic for us accompanied by her brother.
We are now one of the largest and strongest water polo teams in the Mountain Zone.
In February 2009, Manu took our 18U boys to the Winterfest Tournament for the first time. They took the 8th place in the Advance bracket.
In 2009, Manu took a 16U girls team (incl. other Mtn Zone players) to JOs. They took the third place in the Gold bracket.
In 2010 the 16U girls team moved up to the Platinum bracket at JOs and took the 20th place overall among 48 teams.
Following that, former Olympic team coach, Guy Baker invited Manu to bring a women's team to the prestigious Top 40 Tournament in southern California where our players competed against many current and former Olympic and national team players.