With a successful preseason thus far, both the men’s and women’s varsity teams are looking to dive straight into another noteworthy season in the pool.
Having an incredibly strong roster, Coaches Tyson Frenn, Joey Frantz, and Eric Johnson have a very exciting fall ahead of them.
After beating Saint Francis for the first time in Raider history, the women’s varsity is using this victory to gain momentum into their season.
Seniors Erin Cherovsky, Celeste Brown, and Rya Minow lead the team, after all playing on varsity since their freshman years.
Aiming to repeat as section and league champs, these ladies plan to teach their fairly young teammates what it takes to do so.
“We do not have a very deep team this year, so the starters have to play for the whole game. We look up to the seniors but I am more than happy to help out anyone in order to better our team,” said junior Hayley Baker.
In 2011, after losing the section title to Del Oro for the first time in 9 years, the team has recovered to start a new record. They have built up the team again after this devastating loss to become stronger and quicker than ever.
Baker along with her classmates have been stepping up, encouraging individual growth to improve the team as a whole.
As for the boys, the season has not only started off strong, but they have also overcame the loss of many key players.
John Price, who is playing polo and swimming for University of the Pacific, and Jack Dubois were last year’s leading scorers and were vital members of the team, supporting the team’s younger members and providing a substantial leadership among the team.
Alec Anderson, Luke Hastie, and Stuart Samoville have filled in these swim caps seamlessly and have been a primary force in the their games.
“Our team is a pretty close group and we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with in our upcoming season,” said Samoville.
At the Roche tournament this past weekend, the men’s water polo team gained momentum that will surely translate into their league games.
“It was a fun tournament but we would’ve like to have finished a little higher. I did learn how to make a mocha from Ian Brady, though,” said senior Connor Jang.
Getting third in that tournament and second in the highly regarded Schmitt tournament the weekend before, their goals of winning sections for the fourth year in a row are looking good.
“I am looking forward to a four-peat in the section championships and just enjoying my senior year,” said Jang.
With the first preseason games and tournaments under their belts, both the men’s and women’s water polo teams have a successful and bright season ahead of them.