The St. Mary’s Water polo team recently completed their fall league, and moving on into the rest of the year, they hope to show their talents by garnering campus-wide awareness and attracting more athletes. “This year our team really made great progress. We joined the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) and competed in a month long, regional tournament with teams from both Maryland and Virginia,” says Senior player Chris Sauter.
The league consisted of three trips to University of Maryland, College Park, University of Virginia and James Madison University, from which the team earned a 9th seed going into the playoff tournament.
Sophomore Kalvin Day describes, “Unfortunately we had to forfeit every one of our playoff games because not enough players could go to the tournament. We probably would have come in 8 or 9th had the team been able to come.” The team posted forfeits against 4th seed UVA, 10th seed Loyola, and 11th seed Richmond.
But they are not dwelling on the past. Moving into the spring, the athletes have many goals for themselves. Day explains, “This year we plan on putting together some home scrimmages against College Park and Loyola, doing work at the Millersville University Invitational in the spring and hopefully hosting a home tourney in the spring as well.”
Day is also a member of the swim team and balances the two schedules throughout the year. “It’s a lot of time and swimming is a varsity sport so it has to be the top priority,” he notes. Many swimmers choose to play water polo as well to use their aquatic endurance in other ways and to stay in the water. “Being a swimmer helps a lot with endurance during the games,” Day adds.
However, the team is not limited to those on the swim team, and many enjoy the sport for its fun atmosphere, while competing against top tier colleges and universities at the same time. “The team is a great group of guys and the trips themselves are as fun as the games we compete in,” says Day. “With a lot of younger players, I am hopeful that the team will continue after I graduate. As always, our team focuses on the fundamentals of the game and caters to all (orno) skill levels,” Sauter added.
Moving forward, the water polo team hopes to become a more recognized club sport on the St. Mary’s campus, such as rugby and the St. Mary’s Ultimate team. Day explains, “In the future I hope to see water polo become a full time club sport that has the respect of the campus. Most people don’t even know we have a water polo team or how much fun water polo is.”