Girls’ Water Polo Adjusts to a New Team Dynamic

Amina Abdul-Kareem, Staff Writer

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“It looks easy right? It’s not,” Sydney Sussman ‘15 said.

Try it: treading water without using your hands, all while palming off your opponents and simultaneously wrestling a few others, still shooting at the goal under complete fatigue.

This is what the Girls Water Polo team does from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. everyday after school. A sport described as the combination of swimming, wrestling and basketball, seeming nearly impossible.

It is safe to say that this year will be a rebuilding year in the pool for the Lady Wreckers. After a 3-8 record last season, a change in the coaching staff and the loss of about one-third of players due to graduation, the returning girls are aware of the changes and adjustments ahead.

“We’ve been going over the basic rules and how to scrimmage,” Marta Clanton ‘17, a returning player said. “I hope this season we can get our record up and win a few more games. Plus I really hope we’re setting a strong foundation for the freshmen.”

The team has prepared for their season by having Saturday practices for a couple weekends,

familizaring the new team members with playing water polo, and scrimmaging with the boys from the water polo team to prepare them for a game-like situation.

“I hope we get better, better and better,” said coach Mike Laux. “There’s a lot of potential on this team, a lot of the girls haven’t played before at all and there’s a good opportunity there. Then we have our experienced girls who are really good, we just don’t have enough of them.”

“What do I hope for this season?” Captain Stacey Kaneko ‘15 laughed. “To beat everyone.”