By Emily Radner '19
This fall, I have decided to profile the Santa Catalina 2018 water polo team. I first asked the team captains, Abbie Fisher '19 and Simone Brown '19, questions about how the team has been doing. So far, the team is 8-1 with the sole loss coming from a tough match to their strong rival, Gilroy. Last year, the team went 10-2 with the two losses coming against Gilroy. The Mustangs and the Cougars will meet again on October 19, this time at Catalina.
The team lost some valuable leadership from last year, but the varsity team has some new additions, such as Simone (who hasn't played since freshman year) and freshman Whitney Allen. This team is looking to work on moving the ball around more and not letting it get them down when the other team scores a goal or is in the lead. According to the captains, they work well together as a team and encourage and cheer for each other. Their defense has improved greatly throughout the season, and they are able to focus on what needs to get done. Abbie and Whitney are offensive powerhouses for the Cougars, and junior Georgina Burton mans the goal successfully. The JV team has some strong young players, and they have the opportunity to practice with varsity and sometimes play with them. This is one of the reasons that the team will continue to be strong for years to come.
As for the coach, Coach Morton is loved, respected, and knowledgeable. According to Simone, both Coach Mort and Coach Whitchurch are passionate about the game, coach with patience, and make practice enjoyable. It is no mystery that this team succeeded the past few years, and will likely continue to do so in future years.
Emily Radner is an athletics STAR intern.