NC State University Recreation would like to recognize Water Polo Club as Club Sport of the Month. They are a proud member of the Atlantic Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association and continue to place high at invitationals!
I was able to talk to the President of the Water Polo Club, Josh Horner, to learn a little bit more about the Water Polo Club at NC State.
University Recreation: Tell me a little bit about the Water Polo Club.
Josh Horner: Club Water Polo is addicting, challenging, and supportive but most of all rewarding.
UR: When does your season start, and how long does it last?
JH: Our season is in the fall semester and finishes right before winter break.
UR: Are there tryouts? If so, how does the process work?
JH: Club Water Polo does not have tryouts however we prefer people with a background in aquatic sports.
UR: How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
JH: During our season we practice 5 days a week. Monday through Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. During the off-season we drop our Sunday practices. A normal practice includes a swim set or workout, individual skills training, and drills/ scrimmages.
UR: What upcoming competitions are you preparing for?
JH: March 28th and 29th we have the Wolfpack invitational at NC state’s natatorium. Easter weekend we have UNC’s yearly tournament, and the weekend after that we are traveling to Georgia for a tournament at UGA.
UR: What is it like competing against other schools?
JH: Because water polo has a small following on the east coast, it means that all teams in the league know each other well. This creates rivalries between similarly skilled teams in the area while also forging friendships between members of each team.
UR: Does your team have any recent achievements that you are especially proud of?
JH: In the Fall we placed in the top 4 in the Atlantic Division of the CWPA.
UR: What is your best memory with the Water Polo team?
JH: My fondest memories take place during tournaments, when team bonding and our skills are at their peaks. Traveling to different schools up and down the east coast while playing water polo with life long friends are some memories that I will never forget.
UR: What is a tradition your team has?
JH: Every year graduating seniors receive signed water polo balls to remind them of the memories they have while they were members of the team.
UR: What is your favorite thing about being a part of a club sports team?
JH: Club sports teams offer anyone the chance to become part of a supporting group of people who are all looking to accomplish similar goals. This pushes everyone on the team to strive for group success while making him or her better simultaneously.
UR: What sets Water Polo apart from other sports?
JH: Water Polo athletes have been proven to have the highest success rate in Navy Seal training. A good Water Polo Players must be able to swim, wrestle in the water, and still have enough dexterity to skillfully control the ball, while never touching the bottom of the pool.
UR: What if someone is interested joining Club Water Polo? How can they find out more information?
JH: They can E-mail the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
We can’t wait to see more of what the Water Polo Club has to offer! Keep up with their schedule at http://clubs.ncsu.edu/water_polo/.
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