Waterpolo: A Lot More Than Just Fun and Games

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It’s 5:30 all their alarms go off and athletes of waterpolo get ready for the next twelve hours of their day. With an hour of practice before school and three hours after, this is the typical cycle of  athletes at MVHS.

“It wasn’t easy,”Josh Puray said, junior. “We practiced for 4 or more hours a day. I would usually get home around 6:30ish and be drained. I would eat, take a shower, and get dressed which usually took me about an hour.”

Puray continues to say he strongly believed people underestimate the training of the sport. He claims he would start homework around 7:30 and usually was unable to sleep until around 11 or 12. Despite him thinking it was draining he claims, “at one point you get used to it.”

“I think a lot of people underestimate the practice, because it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” Damian Iyescas, senior, said. “The whole time you’re mostly keeping yourself afloat while working on passes, we even did a practice so intense that almost everyone on the team threw up.”

When a couple of other athletes were asked about how they managed their time with the sport, many consisted of the same cycle. The ones who were continuous with the sport said it takes up the majority of their time, with games weekly, that are typically Wednesdays, Fridays, and frequently Saturdays.

“The hardest part was definitely the fact that you’re in the water,” Puray said. “You get no breaks, cause you can’t stand and rest, but rather you’re constantly treading water and trying to stay afloat. Also people play dirty. Most refs can’t see it, but people are grabbing each other and their Speedos underwater just to get the upper hand.”

Lacey Rodriguez, sophomore, agrees by saying it is more than just what most people believe, she thinks most people view it as swimming back and forth. She heard about the sport from her swim coaches and says the sport, instead, mainly consists of body training.

“I just wish more people wouldn’t be scared to join, because it’s just really fun with all my teammates and coaches,” Rodriguez said. “The training is all worth it.”

One thing that many players feel the sport is about is teamwork. The team must be able to have good communication amongt another in order for a successful game to take place.

“Even if you have that one really good player a team can learn to double team him or adjust to him,” Puray said. “One person can’t lead the team by himself and I’ve learned that over the years. Teamwork is key and if you get that good ball movement and communication your team will succeed.”