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Owen Franz, 18, will play water polo at Los Angeles Valley College. Alex Vejar/22nd Century Media
Owen Franz, 18, was heavily recruited by many Division I schools, but decided to try first playing at a junior college.
Alex Vejar, Assistant Editor
4:29 pm PDT July 20, 2015

After four years of becoming the star water polo player for the Malibu Sharks, Owen Franz was burnt out.

Franz, 18, not only competed at the high school level, but was also a member of various club teams and an Olympic development program. 

When his high school career was coming to a close, he began having doubts about his passion for the sport. That seemed to have started at the end of his junior year, in the wake of the Sharks’ devastating loss in the CIF Finals, when many of Franz’s close friends and teammates graduated.