Laguna Beach

Sisters Hope to Play Together on Olympic Water Polo Team

The sisters' dad, Erich Fischer, played water polo in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

Two sisters from Laguna Beach are battling for a spot, or hopefully two, on the U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo team.

Makenzie and Aria Fischer will find out on Thursday whether they've scored a chance to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics, set to start at the beginning of August.

"I feel like there's no one else I'd rather play with out there and having someone you trust completely, I don't know, I think it'd be really cool," Makenzie Fischer said.

Just last year, the two were playing together on their high school team. Makenzie, 19, graduated from Laguna Beach High in 2015 and Aria, 17, has switched to online classes to train full time with the national team.

Olympic aspirations run in their family in more ways than one. The sisters' dad, Erich Fischer, played water polo at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Aria said she's always wanted to be like her dad.

"When I actually got involved in the sport of water polo, I knew that I wanted to take it to the highest level," she said.

There's a chance that only one of the pair will make the team. Still, Makenzie and Aria don't plan on either of them heading to Rio alone.


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"If I don't make it, and you make it, I want to go to Rio to cheer you on," Makenzie said.

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