Real Girls Fight in the Water
Breathing is looked down upon in water polo. An everyday necessity instantly replaced by the desire to not submerge. The real fun, though, occurs under water. Players yank legs of others and even shove one another when the referee is not looking. But nobody knows the truth about water polo. “Our school is a football school,” said Freshman Makenna Baker who’s in Junior Varsity.
Just start with treading water. Practices begin with one easy warm up called eggbeaters. You keep your head above the water and rotate your legs and arms on opposite direction at the same time. Egg beaters look to be simplistic. But the real difficulty is trying to keep from sinking while crossing the water several times. The amusing part is also keeping your arms above the water. Junior Gabby Ruiz, a Varsity in water polo said, “it took me one year to get the hang of eggbeaters.”
After egg beaters, the girls do head ups where they swim with their head up and elbows out. Head ups are similar to normal strokes. But add sprinting and aggressive water. You will notice that every time you open your mouth to breath, more water will enter your mouth and lungs.
So if you think you can swim, try water polo. This will test your limitation of resistance under water and strength.
Like Senior Jessica Diaz said, “water polo is a challenge both mentally and physically.” The person has to try not to drown while keeping the ball in the air with one arm all while staying away from the opponents who are determined to sink you.
Coach Eric Baymiller experienced the challenges of water polo during his high school years. Now he works as a sub, is trying to get his teachers credentials, and is building the water polo and swim team. In the games he encourages the girls to advance by continuously directing them on their next move. During the practices Baymiller gives the girls tiresome sets that leave them sore for days. “I let the girls be in charge,” said Baymiller. “And their drama is easy to handle.”
Through his years Baymiller has acknowledged the lack of recognition of water polo. But to him it is rewarding seeing the girls succeed.