Men’s Water Polo - Swimming Towards a Successful Season
By Sarah Kamal
Northside’s Men’s Water Polo team is preparing for yet another successful season in the 2018-2019 school year.
Last season, the Men’s Water Polo Team had a record of 16-8. This year, the team is hoping to have about 15-20 players, slightly more than what they had last season. This year, the team is at an advantage because they have more experienced players. Only two former team members graduated last year, leaving the team with a more-equipped and determined squad. The team hopes to beat Lane this year and win their conference, which would be a huge honor because it is extremely competitive.
Conditioning for Men’s Water Polo started two weeks prior to the start of the season on Feb. 25. Students who are interested in joining should know a couple things before joining the team. A normal practice consists of ab workouts, swimming drills, treading drills, passing skills, and scrimmaging. “If you want to have fun and get fit, said Max Repetyuk, Adv. 901, one of the current team captains, "join water polo. Don’t do it for the P.E. waiver.” The captains want to change the way that practices are run for this season by spending less time running repetitive drills and more time strategizing game plans. The team is also hoping to receive new uniforms this year and are hoping to purchase new maroon robes to wear to their games.
The game itself is extremely intense and is not for the faint of heart. Players must wear protective headgear that covers their ears to prevent cranial damage since games can get pretty violent. Each member of the team must also have their fingernail and toenail lengths checked prior to the start of the game. This is done to prevent physical damage to players on opposing teams since members fight tooth and nail for the ball. Northside’s Water Polo team competes in about 2-3 games per week. At the games, it is helpful to have a supportive audience cheering for the team. “I hope we get some coverage from @mustangsSportsNet this year,” says Repetyuk.
Although the sport is often a lot of hard work, there are still many benefits to joining the team. There are not too many members on the team so it is easy to get to know other players. The team is supportive as well and always encourages other members to continue to work harder and improve individually. Regardless if it is somebody’s first time playing water polo or if they have been playing all of their life, members receive the same amount of support and attention from the other teammates. Players also can look forward to learning discipline and picking up on workout techniques they can utilize long after the season has finished.
Northside wishes the Men’s Water Polo team the best of luck and looks forward to witnessing a successful and fun season.