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Teammates New & Old, One is Silver & the Other Gold

The BU Women’s Water Polo Club is excited to start a new year together in the upcoming weeks. With 14 players confirmed to return, the team plans to welcome talent old & new to the pool. We are also excited to welcome back Joanna Chan, head coach for her third season with the team.


Are you returning?

Check out the blog updates including our 2017 coaching staff, E-Board, roster updates, and most importantly – our semester schedule. Our first optional practice for all returning players will be Wednesday, September 6 at 9pm. Stop by to reunite with friends & get back in the pool. Our first official practice will be on Monday, September 11th at 8pm – new players meeting & our first workout with Joanna.


Are you a new player looking to join?

Come visit our table at Splash on Nickerson Field on Saturday, September 9th at 1pm. After you signup, we will email you updates, including a reminder about our new player meeting: FitRec Pool Classroom, September 11th at 8pm. Following the meeting will be the chance to join the team in the water. Players of all skill levels are welcome. A swimming background is recommended.

For more info, email 


Furthermore, we are excited to share what our 2017 Alumni has been up to since graduation…

We are so proud of our graduates for all their accomplishments & new adventures. We hope to see them at our 2018 Alumni Tournament!


What have our graduates done for Summer 2017?

Roslyn Harrold
Psychology Major, Graduated December 2016

Roslyn graduated with her degree after 5 semesters at BU, which is unheard of (graduating in 8 is usually hard enough). She is currently working at a medical school in Dallas, Texas, studying depression across the lifespan. Her efforts are currently focused on a longitudinal study that’s seeking to improve diagnoses and treatment outcomes for mood disorders through the use of neural- and bio-markers. This summer she went camping with her friend Ellen she met at BU at Big Bend National Park – where the desert floor reached 150 degrees during her stay! She hiked the Chisos Mountains and crossed into Mexico – making friends with a Mexican cattle rancher. Although she has not been involved in polo since she graduated, she has been lap swimming to stay in shape.

Stay in contact with Roslyn & ask her where this photo was taken!


Leslie Fung
Public Health Major, Graduated May 2017

Leslie has decided to pursue nursing, eventually becoming a midwife. She began working towards her goal this summer, taking some related courses including microbiology. To earn some extra cash and hopefully some free delicious pastries, she started working part-time at Flour Bakery (the team can’t wait to go visit). Additionally she has been working with Sargent College’s Academic Counselor on a project to improve Sargent Advising, studied for & took the GRE, and started training for her practicum at Boston Medical Center’s Psychiatry Department. If you aren’t impressed yet, she also managed to fit in some traveling – going to NYC with her boyfriend, visiting her family back home in San Francisco, and is currently vacationing in Maui. In the fall she will return to BU to earn her Masters in Public Health, so hopefully we see her around the pool at least a few times. What a productive summer for Leslie!

Stay in contact with Leslie & ask her where this photo was taken!


Ali Nichols 
Marketing Major, Graduated May 2017

After graduating, Ali traveled for about two months. Her trips included Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Frankfurt, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Mallorca. She is currently spending a few weeks at home in Hawaii, and will be moving to LA at the end of this month. Although she is not sure which company she will be working with, she is in the final round interviews with some wonderful options. Once in the area and settled in, she plans to look for a polo team to join. We will sure miss Ali’s polo skills, bright smile, (& dabs) this year.

Stay in contact with Ali & ask her where this photo was taken!


Steph Borgstein 
Public Health Major, Graduated May 2017
*2017 BUWWP Vice President

Steph has traveled quite a lot since earning her degree. After visiting her family in the Netherlands, she spent two weeks in California – visiting LA, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park (where she went backpacking for four days). She is currently working at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a research assistant in the Department of Oncologic Pathology. No matter where she ends up, she hopes to find a new polo team to call home.

Stay in contact with Steph & ask her where this photo was taken!


Ashley Reischman 
Mechanical Engineering  Major, Graduated May 2017
*2017 BUWWP Captain

To celebrate her graduation, Ashley’s family went on a trip to Africa, visiting South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. She currently works as a field engineer at Baylo in Woburn, MA, designing software that navigates autonomous trucks in warehouses. We are also excited to share that Ashley will be volunteer COACHING for the team. Ashley’s skills have carried the team through many tough tournaments, and we are excited for her to be joining us once a week at practice.

Stay in contact with Ashley & ask her where this photo was taken!


Allison “Durks” Durkan
Computer Engineering Major, Graduated May 2017
*2017 BUWWP President & Captain

Since the “fancy, expensive piece of paper,” Durks has been doing what we all expected – taking the world by storm (and working at Microsoft – in case you somehow missed that over the last year). Before starting her job as a software engineer, she drove cross-country with her older sister. In addition to helping her sister move to Seattle, she was able to visit two players on her route – Madie (in Chicago) & Mary (in St. Paul). This fall she will be joining Boston Metro Water Polo. Currently, the water polo team is trying to figure out how to function without this badass.

Stay in Contact with Durks & ask her where this photo was taken!


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This article was written by Maddie Thomas, Co-President BUWWP,

Fall Semester Recap

Hello water polo lovers, family, friends, and alums!

Happy New Year! Curious about some fun updates on your favorite group of terriers? Check out our fall newsletter by clicking this link: buwwp_fall2016newsletterpologirls

We also have a newly updated tournament schedule. If you’re in the neighborhood, come watch us play!

Tournament Dates 2017:

o February 25-26 at Wesleyan University
o April 8-9 at Boston University
o April 22-23 Championship at Williams College
*Austin Brashears Memorial Alumni Tournament will be on March 25th, at Boston University’s Fitrec*

We are thankful to be entering the competitive season with such strong support from you all. Super excited to get back in the pool and play some polo!


BU Women’s Water Polo


Hello Terrier Nation!

The Fall semester is fast approaching and we are ready to kick-off a new school year. Interested in joining a sport? Try Women’s Water Polo! We are excited to welcome all newcomers regardless of experience level. If you wanna check us out here are some events to lookout for:


Saturday, September 10th 12:00pm-2:00pm at BU’s Nickerson Field. Representatives from most of BU’s clubs and organizations will be tabling and promoting their teams


Monday, September 12th 8:00-9:00pm at Fitrec’s pool classroom (located behind the hot tub). We will be having our first practice after the meeting!


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Another Season Begins!

The Cheetahs are excited to be back in the pool and working hard again in preparation for their upcoming league tournaments! This season, BU returns to the New England Division alongside Boston College, Middlebury, Dartmouth, UMass, Northeastern, and Williams. The club is really looking forward to taking advantage of this challenging opportunity. The girls will be playing in 2 league tournaments at Middlebury College in Vermont, followed by the BU-hosted championship tournament in April 16 and 17th.

Senior captains Cat Xenakis and Katy Cooke are excited about the upcoming season, with the team committed to making this season one of the best in club history. With the support and dedication of coaches Joanna Chan and Sean Hughes, the girls expect to go into their first tournament confident and equipped to tackle any challenge.

In Other News…

This past weekend, the team volunteered at the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb where they cheered on firefighters from all over Massachusetts as they climbed up the 41 stories of One Boston Place. Community engagement has always been a great part of this team’s culture, and we are incredibly thankful to have been given the opportunity to participate in this event.

Volunteer Event

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Women Undefeated after First Tournament!

BU women’s water polo completed their first tournament of the season 3-0 bringing down Yale, Wellesley, and Bowdoin. The Terriers hosted the tournament, playing two games on Saturday and one Sunday afternoon. BU came out strong in their first game against Yale with a convincing 18-4 victory dominated by the offense of Maeve O’Connor and Allie Delillo. Yale was one of BU’s biggest competitors last year, but with a few key players graduated, the Terriers had no problem shutting them down.

The second game of the day, featured BU against Wellesley College, who could not field a full team so had to forfeit. Although BU received a 5-0 win for the forfeit, the two teams still played for practice with Wellesley borrowing some BU players to fill a team. We also had a surprise visit from two alumni who happened to bring suits with them and hopped in the pool to join in the polo fun! Shout out Julia Zurek and Bridget Eastes.

The cheetahs, energized from their two wins on Saturday, faced a strong Bowdoin team Sunday afternoon. Bowdoin is the defending North Atlantic Champions and the girls knew they had to score first and play tough defense if they wanted to win. With a slow first quarter, BU came back in the end to defeat Bowdoin 10-9. A real nail biter!

Congratulations to all the fresh babies on competing in their first league tournament! The team is headed down to Yale February 28-March 1 for the second tournament of the season. The girls hope to carry their momentum and dominate once again!


It’s #GivingTuesday! Please consider BUWWP

Today is #GivingTuesday, a movement responding to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you plan on participating, please support your favorite sports team! We need help funding travel to our tournaments next semester, which will cost us more than $2500.

You can donate to our club by selecting “Friends of Women’s Water Polo” (we’re at the bottom of the list) here.

We really appreciate any support you can provide! Every bit helps us reach our funding goals.

Junior Katy Cooke prevents an opponent from making a pass. Photo by Page Wood (
Junior Katy Cooke prevents an opponent from making a pass. Photo by Page Wood.









Second Round Robin & update on preseason

Last Sunday the girls held their second round robin tournament with Northeastern and Boston College. The Terriers played a hard game against Northeastern, but unfortunately lost by one point (10-9). Despite this loss, the team showed some serious improvements during the game. A few girls deserve some special recognition: Kelia Cowan played amazing defense and offense throughout the night, scoring in each game and making fantastic defensive saves. Phoebe Katelaris also played an incredible two games. She scored at least twice in each game and was often times beating everyone down the pool to score a few points off fast breaks. Camilla Stejskal had a break through game as her speed allowed her to make several defensive saves.

BU and BC faced off in the second game, and although the Terriers played another great game, tiredness got the best of us and we lost to BC 7-5. We saw some more great plays during this game including several great shot blocks by our goalie Varsha Srivastava, and Shireen Kheradpey demonstrated extreme ball handling skills as she repeatedly stole the ball from BC. All in all, it was a great night for the Cheetahs.

For the remainder of the preseason, the Cheetahs will work more on endurance training and focus on ball handling skills. This upcoming Sunday (November 2), we will scrimmage BC again so we can practice playing in a game-like scenario. This helps us learn our weaknesses so we can fix them before the competitive season rolls around. Come out to support us! And if you can’t make it, not to worry; we will make another blog post next week.

First Scrimmage & More

The Cheetahs have been very busy these past few weeks. Regular practices have continued as part of preseason training. The Cheetahs also hosted a round-robin tournament with Boston College and Northeastern University on Sunday, Sept. 28th at FitRec. Their record stood 1-1 at the end of the day, as they fell 10-9 to Northeastern, but through hard work and mental strength they were able to #BeatBC 6-5! For many girls on the team it was their first time playing in a water polo game, and everyone did a fantastic job. A special shout out to our freshman goalie Varsha Srivastava who blocked several difficult shots.

On Oct. 4th, the Cheetahs traveled to Worcester, MA, to volunteer and run in the Megan Lally Memorial 5K. The girls helped direct and cheer runners on throughout the race. It was also one of the first bonding activities they had out of the pool. A special thanks to Tessa Chapman, Katy Cooke, and Steph Borgestein who fundraised $175 and ran the 5K. Here’s a picture of the team in Worcester:



And finally, a big thank you to all of the fans who came out  to support us during our scrimmage and to those of you who cheered us on via Facebook and Twitter. We really appreciate it! Stay tuned for more updates as the girls look forward to another preseason scrimmage on 10/26.

Scrimmage post pic


Back to Boston!

The summer is coming to an end and we’re finally making our way back to BU!

The team had a great season last year complete with great new players, challenging tournaments, and a second place finish in the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s North Atlantic League. With school approaching quickly, the Cheetahs are excited to meet new players and begin training in September!

To any players interested in our team: please keep checking our blog for new information. We’ll be posting more frequently as the school year starts. You can also keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter. We welcome players of all skill levels!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

We can’t wait to meet you!

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