Making a Splash with Women’s Water Polo
The women's water polo team shares insights into their team traditions.
October 23, 2021
The varsity women’s water polo team hit the ground running.
With blowout victories like beating the Presentation team 17-4 and defeating Homestead 13-2, the Mitty team won their first 6 games of the season. Along with their successes came some nerve-wracking moments. In one of the more stressful games, they lost by only one point to St. Ignatius. The team’s current record is 14-9 overall and 2-4 in league as the await league and section playoffs.
At the heart of this team, however, is their traditions. Along with their constant support of one another, junior Taara Khan adds, “a tradition we have on game days is to stay silent on Mitty Way on our way to away games.” Then, right before each game, the team stretches together and someone gives a pep talk to get everyone focused on the game ahead. Traditions like these only bring the girls closer together and help them work together in the pool. In addition to the games, the practices are also key team bonding experiences where the girls constantly push each other to be better.
On top of the team’s closeness and various traditions, there are many other factors that set the Mitty women’s team apart. Brendan Lavelle, the women’s water polo head coach, says, “We have a retreat, we do service, we support other programs, we engage with mental skills—all of these help this program stand out and make it what it is”.
All in all, the players and coaches all have a positive outlook on the rest of the season and hope to keep improving.