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Friday, February 16, 2018

Rising from the Depths: Lady Bearcats Take Over the Pool

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It’s the fall of 2010, and the San Mateo High School water polo team is practicing vigorously. Except there’s one thing that’s obviously missing: girls. In fact, a girl’s water polo team ceases to exist. The few girls that are interested in playing water polo practice with the boys, but are unable to compete in games against other schools.

Fast forward to the succeeding fall, when our current seniors were just entering SMHS as freshmen. A new wave of girls interested in water polo arises, and the girl’s water polo team is put back in action. “They’re a part of a group that’s restarted the program,” says Kathy Parodi, coach of the water polo team. “There was probably a two or three year gap. There wasn’t any commitment.”

The first couple of years were difficult. The girl’s water polo team consisted mostly of underclassmen that didn’t have as much experience as the older, bigger, and more practiced varsity players of other schools. Although the team wouldn’t win any games, they kept playing because they appreciated the sport and appreciated the team.

Fast forward to present day. The girl’s water polo team has doubled in size, and they can now say that they have a few wins in their back pocket. The team consists of a mix of underclassmen and upperclassmen, which shows promise of a continuation of the team once the upperclassmen have graduated. “We’ve got a lot more girls, and now we know what we’re doing,” says senior Briana Cerda. Hanny Octaviani, a senior as well, agrees: “ I think after we’ve played together for three years, we’ve grown teamwork-wise.”

Because our current seniors reinvigorated the girl’s water polo team, students of other classes get to enjoy the benefits that it provides. “It’s good exercise and it helps me focus,” says sophomore Julia Smith.

The team’s next two games will be held at our home pool this Thursday against Terra Nova at 3:00, and next Thursday against Mills at 5:15. With a new and fresh team that works together well and is excited to play, it only makes sense that their future will be filled with success.

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