Crab People take third at national tournament
November 11, 2011
The Monmouth College water polo club team went to the Club Team National Championships Saturday, Nov. 5 and took third place out of eight qualifying teams. This marks the fourth consecutive year the Crab People have competed at the national club tournament.
“It was really fun going back to nationals,” said team member Joe Testolin. “We had a bus, and we were with our parents. The bus ride took 12 hours, but the trip was a really good time.”
This year’s Collegiate Water Polo Association Nationals were held in Clinton, N.Y. at Hamilton College.
“The trip to New York was great,” Testolin said. “We definitely had one of the biggest cheering sections.”
The club team was looking to at least match last year’s second place finish at the nationals competition.
In the first game, the Crab People played against host Hamilton College. They won the match with a score of 6-5. The Crab People then faced Washington University in St. Louis in the semifinals and lost 17-11 to be placed into the third place game against conference foe Grinnell College. Washington University eventually won the National Championship by beating Bowdoin College with a score of 13-10.
“We were content with losing to [Washington University],” said Testolin. “We thought we could have beat them, but we lost to the eventual champion, so we were content with losing to them.”
The third place game fared better for the Crab People as they took down Grinnell with a score of 11-4 for the fourth time this season.
Team member Jeff Skalon was named to the All-Conference Tournament team by the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The Crab People had an undefeated conference season, posting an 11-0 conference record. Throughout the season, the Crab People consistently posted scores in the double digits against their opponents
They compete in the Heartland Division of Division III club water polo. Other teams in the conference include Augustana College, Carleton College, Knox College, Grinnell College, Macalester College, St. John’s University (Minn.) and St. Mary’s University (Minn.).
“We had a great conference record and we did really well at nationals,” said Testolin.