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Uncharted Waters: Varsity Water Polo Team’s Maiden Voyage

February 28, 2014

After such a huge season that included a team victory over the University of Notre Dame, water polo has become the

hottest sport on campus. With 2014 being the first varsity year for the sport at Monmouth College, there seems to

be no waning of interest in the sport.

The men’s team inaugural season this fall ended in a 5-9 regular record and included a win in the Southern

Division Championship in dramatic fashion over Salem International University. The women’s last season as a club

team ended in a 3-5 regular season record and an 8th seed in the conference tournament.

There is no doubt that it’s an adjustment from club sport to varsity, but it’s a challenge that the team is ready

to face.

“It’s a huge change from last year,” says junior Erin Willhite about the new classification. And while a few key

players have graduated, there are “a few freshmen that played in high school who will be huge assets to the team”

and will pick up where they left off.

The general consensus is that practices and training have really amped up since last year. According to sophomore

Kylee Winiecki, the team is really focused on “improving as a team and learning to have more game awareness.”

Sophomore Taylor Sutschek is very optimistic about the season and cannot wait to see how the season pans out.

“Coach Dunn and the team is excited to see what we can do and how much we can grow these next few years as we

really get this program going!” Sutschek said. “This season we really have nothing to lose since it is our first

varsity season.” Coach Josh Dunn is also the men’s varsity coach and was a standout player on the Monmouth club

team, the Crab People.

Newcomer, freshman Sadie Stone, was quick to mention how supportive her teammates are with learning the sport.

“It’s a difficult sport to learn at first…but players who have a lot of experience are very helpful,” said Stone.

The team will lose only two seniors at season’s end, Claire McGuire and Emily Cagan. The women’s water polo team

kicks off their inaugural season as a varsity team March 14 in Utica, N.Y. against teams like Carthage College and

Connecticut College at the Utica Round Robin.

Ross Eugene
Contributing Writer

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