Water polo team grows, thrives on a challenge

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Ocean Lakes water polo team smiles as they are ready to take on what’s ahead in the 2022-23 school year.

Ari O'Brien, Staff Writer

The water polo team may have started with six or seven members, but in very little time, they have expanded to 14. Experienced or not, everyone who joins the team wants a challenge.

“Swimmers are usually the ones to join the team. It is difficult to begin water polo without prior experience as one is being drowned while having to pass a ball around in a pool. If you have little to no experience, don’t let that discourage you from joining the team, as our goalie never did swim team and is the best goalie in the league,” said senior Drew Goodove. 

Water polo is a game that consists of seven players against two opposing teams and has four quarters. The goal of the game is to try and throw the ball into the other team’s goal and score the most goals in the end to win the game. This is usually played in a deep water pool where the players cannot touch the ground.

“Someone on the team who stands out and is very dedicated is team captain, Ean Moore. He goes above and beyond and makes a bunch of activities to do for the team, and he plans practices for when I’m feeling stressed,” said water polo coach Jared Swift. 

The team is working hard this year to win the championship tournament against a few other schools in Virginia Beach. Their next set of games is Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Bayside Recreation Center. 

“Every loss is an opportunity to grow as a team, and next week we’ll be right back in the pool looking for a win,” said team captain Caden Longwater.