Girls 2019 Water Polo Preview


Alyssa Pagan

Lexi Lee promoting water polo to get students to join.

By Ethan Carey, Staff Writer

Coming off of a rather successful season last year, the girl’s varsity water polo team is ready to hit the pool again and dominate the league in the water. The girls have been preparing hard for the season and they think that with just a little more practice, they will be ready for anything.

A majority of girls on water polo have been prepping since the fall as members of the girl’s swim team.

“I’m excited that we have so many new and returning girls for the season, a lot of them are excited to become even better which is a great attitude to have for a sport as hard as water polo,” junior Annie Lefler said.

With tournaments, important games, and just having fun the team is looking forward to having another successful year while learning a lot of things.

“Some of the main things I am looking forward to would have to be some of the big tournaments coming up, especially the one we host at North and as an individual, I am looking forward to learning more defensive plays and different shooting styles,” sophomore Anna Maris said.

With each girl preparing their own way for the long season to come, they each have several goals both for themselves and for the team as a whole.

“I definitely want to become more confident and more comfortable in the water and be able to become a strong shooter during both games and the next few seasons to come, and as a team I would just say to be better at communication as that will be huge and something we struggled with last year and hope to improve on,” Lefler said.

This will be some girls’ first years on the varsity squad and although they might be a little nervous, they are ready for the challenge and are prepared to overcome it.

“Being on varsity and staying up to pace with the team will be one of my personal challenges this year,” sophomore Juliet Delgado said. “I will overcome this challenge by working as hard as I can to learn from my mistakes.”

With a new season comes multiple challenges along with it. The girl’s water polo team lost a fair amount of players since last year, but are 100% prepared to get over these obstacles.

“We lost a lot of strong players last year and that’s definitely going to be a challenge we need to overcome but I definitely think if we put more effort and motivation into practices we will be able to make up for those losses,” Lefler said.

They will also have challenges among themselves with learning new plays and being able to communicate with each other in the pool.

“Switching up some positions, as well as experimenting with new defensive and offensive plays before our first game of the season will definitely be a challenge, but we are going to work hard during our practices, always communicate with each other, and always continue to build trust with one another,” Maris said.

The girl’s water polo team will jump into the pool for their first game on Wed. March 6, at Maine East High School.