Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2016 Men's National Collegiate Club Top 20 Preseason Poll

FSU ranked 13th in the nation.

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the 2016 Men's National Collegiate Club Preseason Poll.

The rankings mirror the final poll of the 2015 season released in the wake of the National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of California-Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, Calif. on Friday-Sunday, November 13-15.

Two-time reigning National Champion Lindenwood University (100 points) will open the year as a unanimous No. 1 in the rankings with a perfect 100 points.  The 2014 and 2015 National Champion Lions will aim to become the first team in the history of men's collegiate club water polo to claim back-to-back-to-back titles as California Polytechnic State University (2001, 2002), the University of California-Los Angeles (2009, 2010) and the University of Southern California (2011, 2012) were the only other programs to accomplish the elusive task.

San Diego State University (95 points), which has finished second to Lindenwood at the past two National Collegiate Club Championships, comes in at No. 2 with the University of California (90 points), Dartmouth College (81 points) and the University of Michigan (75 points) completing the Top Five.

Long Beach State University (73 points), the University of Illinois-Chicago (62 points), the University of Texas (53 points), California Polytechnic State University (49 points) and the University of Colorado (46 points) round out the Top 10 based on their performance during the 2015 season.

The University of California-Santa Barbara (44 points) and the Pennsylvania State University (44 points) come in at No. 11 and 12, respectively, with the University of California-Davis (38 points) and Florida State University (38 points) tied at No. 13.

The University of Maryland (31 points) rates at No. 15, while the duo of Oregon State University (26 points) and San Jose State University (26 points) stand in a tie at No. 16.

The University of California-San Diego (18 points), Columbia University (14 points) and the University of California-Los Angeles (13 points) complete the Top 20.

The University of Georgia (12 points), California State University-Chico (10 points), UC-Santa Cruz (10 points), California State University-Maritime Academy (2 points) and The Ohio State University (1 point) also hold points.



Final 2015 Poll


1  Lindenwood University 1 100
2  San Diego State University 2 95
3  University of California 3 90
4  Dartmouth College 4 81
5  University of Michigan 5 75
6  Long Beach State University 6 73
7  University of Illinois-Chicago 7 62
8  University of Texas 8 53
9  California Polytechnic State University 9 49
10  University of Colorado 10 46
11  University of California-Santa Barbara 11 44
12  Pennsylvania State University 12 43
13 (T)  University of California-Davis 13 (T) 38
13 (T)  Florida State University 13 (T) 38
15  University of Maryland 15 31
16 (T)  Oregon State University 16 (T) 26
16 (T)  San Jose State University 16 (T) 26
18  University of California-San Diego 18 18
19  Columbia University 19 14
20  University of California-Los Angeles 20 13
RV  University of Georgia RV 12
RV  California State University-Chico RV 10
RV  University of California-Santa Cruz RV 10
RV  California State University-Maritime Academy RV 2
RV  The Ohio State University RV 1

HS Swimming: Lightning Girls Win Tri-Meet

Cypress Bay Girls swim team had an amazing meet on their home turf tonight beating Western & West Broward. 

UCF 2016 Mens Water Polo

Great 6 on 5 Demands Great Decision Making.

The best teams in the world train players to think for themselves.  Here are the Golden Rules of 6 on 5.

Golden Rule #1: No faking!

Golden Rule #2: Don't get the ball wet.

Golden Rule #3: Don't hold the ball.

Golden Rule #4: All shots are catch and shoot.

Bad 6 on 5:  Shooter's view - the passing got him no advantage. What went wrong?

Good 6 on 5: HUGE shooting lane! How do you achieve this?

Secrets to Great 6 on 5 Offense
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George Washington University 2016 Home Schedule

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FSU football star sees boy eating alone, joins him.

Italian Olympic Team in France

Bronze medalists in Saint Tropez Plage De Pampelonne (French Riviera) for post Olympic model shoot as well as R&R.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"King Cole" Grady

circa 2012

Gracious in Victory

Every Team USA Athlete Who Medaled at the Rio Olympics


OK South Florida & SE Zone members we have a very important election in a month or two and I'm not talking about the Presidency. 

We have no say over what government does to us so lets sink our teeth into an election that will truly make a difference concerning you & your children:

The South East Zone Board Elections

It's time to get our SE Zone on track with some solid leadership. Leadership that will be involved with the zone in a high visibility modality and be active with direct contact with coaches. A sharp contrast to our behind closed doors stand of approach and management from afar that we see running the zone currently. 

Today I am announcing my endorsement and giving my support to Kurt Predmore and Ira Berke who I've heard are interested in running.

Kurt is well know and needs no introduction. Ira could be considered the young turk of the two but rest assured as FAU coach he is well qualified.

Personally I have no issue with both of these gentlemen heading our zone in tandem. 

I will update our blog as things develop concerning this election.

Article: Water Polo Player Selection

It is very hard for water polo coaches to compete with other, better known, sports in recruiting and bringing quality athletes in their programs. Not only that they have to compete with other sports, today they have to overcome numerous other obstacles. 

There is a scientific consensus that kids, at the present time, have significantly less psycho-motor skills than their peers from ten or more years ago. Unfortunately, the downward trend in motor skills will continue, and the assumption is that this will continue.

The reason for such a situation is today's way of life for school children who spend very little time playing outside, with less range and less space for physical activity. Curricula favors activities that are not related to physical education (computers, music,foreign languages, etc.), and the problems of the urban lifestyle, diet and rest, are also contributing to this state. Children are less coordinated, and a knack for sports games, and even sports intuition are less noticeable. This problem is present on the global level, and the club even if it wants, it cannot solve it.

We can still effectively carry out a selection of water polo school participants even after realizing these facts. In fact, until recently, the practice of evaluating water polo school participants consisted of swimming across the 25-meter pool. Based on these observations, the children would be selected and enrolled in water polo school. Unfortunately, among them would be some of the psycho-motor unattractive because of swimming one length of the pool (about thirty seconds), we can learn little or nothing about the child's psycho motor skills. Thus, the probability of getting a quality "product" from"semi" poor quality, despite the good working program, was small.

Today already tested model, which is listed in technical literature of water polo, offers a different approach than the above. First, go to local elementary school, and in consultation with principals and teachers go to classes of physical education, where children play some of the basic games (e.g."Dodge ball"). This game is very aligned to the selection, because the children are beginning to play in the first grade, and the assumption is that they all play in the same way to the second grade, when we perform testing. In this way we exclude the factor of knowledge that some children have as an advantage because they played it longer.From what is shown, we conclude if children are coordinated, nimble, flexible, explosive, agile and how they act in the collective game. Therefore, by carefully observing the game, we can see all psycho-motor skills that the child has and which are necessary to play water polo.

Only kids, whose abilities are innate,and training process can improve very slightly are interesting to us.This would be starting and very important criterion for the selection of participants for water polo school, which should be given a special attention. This provides a great advantage and better selection,which is the beginning of eliminating the problem noted above.Then coach records the anthropo-metric status of the schoolboy/girl (height, weight, constitution). This isn't eliminating factor (we distinguish biological and chronological age), but it is not neglected. Then the coach through a short lecture introduces the water polo as a sport emphasizing all that is adorned with(ideally for the occasion prepares the appropriate video presentation) and invites them to come to the pool.

At the pool the tests are done covering the swimming skills and buoyancy capabilities.So, just on the basis of psycho-motor skills, anthropoid-metric status (candidates must be psychologically and physically advanced) and good swimming skills (buoyancy) we can make a quality selection.It is very important to establish a close relationship with the children, entertain them and inspire them to get involved in water polo. The first impression of children should be joy, happiness and satisfaction with the arrival to the swimming pool, as well as the satisfaction that he or she is chosen for water polo.It is also advisable to inform parents by letter (special form designed for water polo school) and indicate the seriousness and organizational actions.

Invitation to the pool should be carried out once in the fall and once at the end of the school year for maximum response and lower attrition. In the meantime, it is necessary to keep an attendance record and in case of higher drop-out and low turnout organize "extraordinary" actions (bringing the whole class to the pool for an hour of physical education or to watch games of the youngest age groups, and organizing water polo video projections and similar action animation).In addition, it is necessary to know the selection times and age of candidates for other sports programs(swimming, football, basketball) and "pre-empt" such competitive action. If you act first you have the advantage of greater choice of candidates than others.

When water polo school begins operation it is necessary to create files with personal data and residential address of each candidate, the basic notes and observations and information on the first sports medical examination. Keeping track of each candidate, we can if necessary, easily repeat the call.In addition, this approach can be competitive for other sports, and other water-polo clubs, who are after same children that are of our interest. It is known that the callback yields results, because the children of that age usually change sports and stay where they like it most.

With this approach, which certainly brings results and gives confidence to parents, which is nowadays very important, we can thoroughly elaborate system that will produce a generations of successful water polo players, and make failure a coincidence and not vice versa.

Jax Polo Bears

UCLA men’s water polo opens 2016 season with strong senior class

Defending National Champs Look Strong

It had only been half an hour since the UCLA men’s water polo team had captured its second consecutive national title, and questions about 2016 were already swirling.

The water in coach Adam Wright’s hair had yet to dry from the familiar water-born celebration.

It wasn’t that the dominant 30-win season wasn’t impressive in its own right – it was that this year has the potential to be even more so.

The Bruins return nearly everyone from last year’s roster, but lost two senior captains in Danny McClintick and Anthony Daboub, who provided veteran presence on offense and defense, respectively, and held clear leadership roles that are currently left unfilled.

“The leadership is a big question. In some aspects, it’s easy to say, ‘We only lost two players,’ but I don’t think we understand the depth of what Danny (McClintick) and Daboub did for us in the water,” Wright said. “That’s going to be what the challenge is. Who’s going to step up in those places?”

There are eight seniors, compared to the two of last year, who could potentially step up like those before them.

But the last time there were as many seniors was in 2014, and rather than having captains, the fourth- and fifth-years split duties collectively to keep the team on pace. Wright referred to them as the “Great Eight,” and together they helped bring an end to USC’s streak of six consecutive national championships.

The “Great Eight” class had been, in the words of Wright, knocking on the door for a while. They had made it to the national championship game only to lose both times before then. This class, on the other hand, has had its efforts more rewarded.

“Our guys no doubt know how to win,” Wright said. “Our guys no doubt know how to play in every situation, but it’s with a different team and it’s with different pieces and the hope is that they can be the backbone like that Great Eight was, but it’s still to be determined.”

In total, the Bruins return seven All-Americans, five of them from this year’s core senior group.

Headlining the list is senior Garrett Danner, who last year set the single-season UCLA saves record to put him on top of the all-time career record. He averaged 11.6 goals a game over 24 appearances, including a career-high 21 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament championship game against Cal.

For his efforts, he was named Division I Player of the Year and winner of the Peter J. Cutino award – the Heisman Trophy of collegiate water polo.

“I don’t win that without my team, and same with the all-time saves record,” Danner said. “They are able to limit the shot percentage that I see, which is great, so I can’t do that stuff without them.”
Senior Chancellor Ramirez, one of the Bruins’ top defenders who split time with Daboub last year as the center defender, is one such teammate who prevented high-percentage shots on Danner from close range.

He’ll likely join last season’s usual starting seven, which featured then-juniors center Gordon Marshall, attacker Jack Fellner and NCAA tournament MVP Ryder Roberts, who together accounted for nearly 35% of UCLA’s 403 goals.

Roberts led the team with 57 goals in 27 appearances while Fellner was third with 40. Marshall was seventh with 23, but the center from Newcastle, Australia accounted for a lot of offensive production with the amount of exclusions he drew to give the Bruins a one-man advantage.

In between the then-junior All-Americans on the scoring hierarchy was even more support for UCLA’s preseason No. 1 ranking.
Redshirt junior Max Irving was one of four players to make an appearance in every 2015 game and had 47 goals over the course of the season.

“We might have a lot of guys returning, but this year every team’s getting better,” Irving said. “We as a team have to get better, and if we stay the same as we were last year, we might not get it done, so everybody has to grow – if we stay the same, we might not be as successful as we were.”

He and junior Alex Roelse – who scored 25 goals last year – along with Ramirez and sophomore goalie Alex Wolf, competed in the offseason at higher levels of the sport.

Junior Alex Roelse returns to coach Adam Wright’s Bruins after practicing with the senior national team ahead of Rio for the past several months. (Daily Bruin file photo)
Irving, Roelse and Ramirez played with current collegiate water polo all-stars for USA Blue in the semi-professional National League over the spring. They ended up losing in the championship match to the New York Athletic Club, a team that featured multiple senior national team members and UCLA alumni on it, but will look to bring higher-level water polo experience back to Westwood.

“The level of competition was good,” Irving said. “It was good just to do something in the offseason, to be able to play games, because sometimes the offseason gets a little hard because you’re not playing as many games, so that was good to be able to get a chance to play.”

For Roelse, the National League was as much a reward because it provided him an arena to reap the benefits of his intense Olympic training.

He only scored one goal in Rio de Janeiro, but he proved himself to be a force when matched against competitors of his own experience level in the National League.

“It’s most important that he comes back with a refreshed mind,” said Wright on Roelse, who is taking a break and will join the team in another week. “We can get him in shape quickly, but the most important thing is that he’s focused and ready to go.”

Everyone else has been preparing throughout the summer, and though the top of the polls is nothing new for the Bruins, the theme has always been to keep a level head.

“(The ranking) doesn’t mean anything, we have a lot of work that we need to put in,” Danner said. “For us, the season is more of a process. We’re continuing to grow throughout the whole thing and our goal is to be the best we possibly can at the end. Right now everything is going well, and we just need to keep going and keep growing as a team.”

Email Hull at or tweet @michaelchull.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Anastasia Valimaki on campus @UF

Freshman Engineering Student

Suncoast High
Miss Teen America Pageant

Kirk Pool On Campus @La Salle

The Kirk Pool located at the Hayman Center is also home to the volleyball and basketball courts located above the pool.
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South Broward's Racquel Jimenez (rt) 
with former SBHS teammate Courtny Cook (FAU) is starting her freshman year at La Salle University.

FAU Water Polo Club

Aspire To Have As Much Conviction As This Little League Catcher

On Sunday, the Little League team from Maine-Endwell, N.Y. beat the team from Seoul, South Korea, 2-1, in the championship game. More importantly, South Korea’s catcher Jungseo Cho set a new gold standard in commitment to pitch framing.

The subtly-disputed call came in the fourth inning, leaving pitcher Junho Jeong, who had retired the opposition in order until this point, visibly frustrated. But while he goes for a short walk around the mound, Cho freezes so long the umpire calls time—ostensibly to clean off the plate and certainly to express his displeasure at the statue act and think about his sins.

Watch the video here:


University of Tennessee Water Polo Club


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