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!

Love,

BU Women’s Water Polo

The Early Weeks

What’s up BU and all interested in reading about Women’s Water Polo!

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BU Senior, Roslyn Harold, captured recruiting at SPLASH

Life under the water has been great, and getting to know our 15 new members has been awesome. We total to 33 amazing young women and we definitely will make a huge splash once the Spring season begins. This is not only because we have our cannonballs mastered, but because Splash was super successful…as if all the fantastic new recruits were not indicative of this fact. They have taken to the water, sport, and team naturally, and the past two weeks have been incredibly fun and rewarding for both new and old fishies. Teaching and team development has also been bolstered thanks to the coaching efforts of Adrienne Ingalla and Sean Hughes, who grace us with their immense polo knowledge. Through plenty of leg/swim sets as well as some good old fashioned scrimmaging, the girls are shaping up well in these early weeks.

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Our ladies broke out the polo suits at this year’s SPLASH

Last weekend we supported Hub On Wheels, and helped hand out refreshments to the cyclists participating in the event. Cleaning up afterwards was great for team bonding, and we did our part to help fund raise for the year.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday evening and we’ll be keeping you all posted on the goings-on at BUWWP!

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Successful team bonding with the new recruits!

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6:00AM lighting was crucial for this photo-op

JOIN 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:

SPLASH: 

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

NEW PLAYER MEETING:

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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Check us out on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more updates! Or email us at bugirlswaterpolo@gmail.com!

Terriers leave their mark at Middlebury

This past weekend the Terriers drove up to Middlebury for their second league tournament. The Terriers played three games on Saturday and one game on Sunday. With their seed for the championship tournament on the line the girls left everything in the pool and walked away with their heads held high after four gutsy performances.

The first game of the tournament saw BU matched up against UMASS Amherst. UMASS Amherst was quick and looked to counter but BU’s defense proved strong and was able to shut down the counter. Balanced with a strong offensive attack the Terriers pulled out a win 10-2.

The second game of the tournament matched BU vs. Middlebury. Middlebury came out of the whistle quick, ready to play. The Terriers were able to keep up defensively but struggled offensively in the beginning of the game. BU continued to play tough defense and hung around keeping the score 3-2 Middlebury at half time. In the second half of the game BU was able to get things going offensively and ultimately led the game 6-4 with 3:00 remaining in regulation. Unfortunately Middlebury’s offense was too much for the Terriers to handle and the Panthers were able to force overtime and win the game 9-6.

The final game on Saturday featured a tough match up between BU and cross-town rival BC. Knowing that BC is always a tough opponent the girls came out strong both offensively and defensively. BC began to come back in the fourth quarter but BU held strong defensively and walked away from the pool with a 6-4 win.

On Sunday the Terriers returned to the pool to face Dartmouth. This was the first match up of the season for BU against Dartmouth. The Terriers were able to play a strong press defense and shut down Dartmouth’s offense. Matched with BU’s good passing and movement on offense the Terriers finished the tournament with a 10-2 victory.

The Terriers will return to the pool next weekend at BU for the championship tournament. As the number 2 seed the BU will be battling for its first New England division championship and a trip to Nationals. We hope to see you there cheering us on!

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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.

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To find our schedule of games, please visit:

http://www.collegiatewaterpolo.org/club/Schedules/womensclub/2016/2016WomenNewEnglandDivisionSchedule

Terriers Take on Harvard Invitational

This Saturday, January 30, the lady terriers will be heading over to Harvard University for a mini invitational among high level Division 1 teams. The team was invited to play 3 games with an immense learning opportunity!

Don’t miss your chance to see some GREAT water polo and cheer on your fellow Terriers!

Schedule:

9am Iona vs. BU

11:30am Brown vs. BU

2pm BU vs. Villanova

See you there!

Water Polo Abroad

This past spring, Boston University Women’s water polo team had its first undefeated season, first league championship victory, it’s first earned trip to nationals, and received the honor of Club Sports Team of the Year. It was a fantastic season for everyone involved and was an important step for our team to become more competitive in an area of the country where water polo isn’t a prominent sport. However, a few of our key players were abroad for this historic season. And while they missed some of the excitement state side, they decided that just because they were studying abroad didn’t mean that they had to miss the fun of playing water polo. Allison Durkan and Ashley Reischman, both sophomores at the time, joined a men’s water polo team in Madrid, Spain at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and had an exciting season of their own.

[Allison Durkan, current junior in Computer Engineering]

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As a freshman at BU, I joined the women’s water polo team with the hope of meeting a motivated group of young women that would inspire and encourage me to learn how to play a fun and exciting new sport. Not only did the team support me in the pool, but also the girls helped me with other parts of my life. I fell in love with the sport that year. During spring of 2015, my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Studying in Madrid had been a dream of mine since the beginning of high school and was one of the reasons I chose to come to BU. So when I was accepted to the program, I was over the moon. However, studying abroad in the spring would mean that I would have to miss the tournament season for water polo. While in Madrid, the staff talked all the time about getting out of our BU bubble of friends, immersing ourselves in the culture and making Spanish friends. With this in mind, I decided to find a water polo team. I reached out to a few programs around the city, and tried out a few teams before I found one that clicked. There was a men’s recreational team at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where I was taking classes, that I decided to join and it was without a doubt the best part of my abroad experience.

Practices were four nights out of the week, but like every other part of Spanish culture, the team was relaxed and it was not a big deal if you missed practice. At first when we joined, the guys were tentative with their defense and didn’t pass to us, probably because they weren’t used to playing with some fierce cheetahs. However, once we started pushing them around and kicking their butts, they loosened up and we began to actually be able to play water polo together as a team without restraint.

Everything about Spain was different than the USA, but the way they played water polo was one of the biggest differences. What would have been an ejection in our league was ignored and shooting from the top happened more than set shots. At practice, we would have shooting competitions and play with giant exercise balls. On the weekends, we would meet up for tapas and cervezas and the guys would laugh and help us with our Spanish. We would chat about politics and the differences between our cultures. That group of young men changed my view of Spaniards, helped expand my mind and made my passion for the sport grow more than I ever thought it could. Joining that team was the best decision I have ever made and I would not give up those memories for anything.

[Ashley Reischman, current junior in Mechanical Engineering]

Ashley Reischman

I started playing water polo my freshman year of high school as an off-season sport to competitive swimming. I had never played a sport that required such a wide variety of individual skills but also was extremely dependent on teamwork; I loved how important each player was and how much freedom the rules granted you to make something happen. After the first year with my high school team, I went on to play in major national tournaments where I learned so much about the sport by playing against the top teams across the nation. Although losing by a large margin of points in a game is no fun for anyone, playing these teams that were light years ahead of my own skill taught me new tricks and taught me how to play well when it’s seemingly pointless to try. Water polo has been a big part of my life since I was fourteen, and I was excited to find out that I could continue to play in college at BU without the extra pressure of being in a D1 team.

When I got my acceptance letter for the study abroad program in Madrid, I was ready to kiss water polo good-bye for a semester and I was anticipating losing a lot of my ability to play over the five months that I would be in Europe. But when I got to Europe, I heard that my teammate, Allison Durkan, was looking around for a chance to play in Spain and I tagged along with her to check out the team at the university we were attending. After the first practice with only four other players that showed up because it was what they called “advanced day” (a practice where they worked on developing skills rather than scrimmaging), it became clear to me that water polo in Spain was going to be very different from water polo in America. Pretty much all of the practices consisted of Allison and I floating around in the pool, pretending like we understood what the coach was saying to us, and then making things up as the practice proceeded. During the scrimmages, we had to learn how to play a lot rougher because a very small number of the rules were actually followed. Games were more about getting to play for the longest amount of time with the fewest interruptions. The coach even allowed us to referee a game because he wanted to play and he thought we knew the rules better than anyone else in the pool. Being on that team was by far the best part of my experience abroad. It fueled my desire to learn Spanish more than anything else, it kept me active, and it taught me so much about what it’s like to be a young adult in Spain. Those friendships and the memories of laughing as we struggled to understand each other are the moments that made my semester in Spain my best semester at BU.

BUWWP Takes Hub On Wheels!

This past weekend, the cheetahs volunteered their time to Hub on Wheels, an annual city wide bike race where hundreds of bikers race distances varying from 10 to 30 to 50 miles! Our ladies set up camp at a rest stop where they sliced bananas, oranges and stacked potato chips for bikers who needed a little pick me up at mile 13. It was a great way for the team to bond while giving back to the greater Boston area! Great work ladies!

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Freshman Pure, Maddie, and Nisha manning the water station!

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Varsha, sophomore, and Katy, senior, proving polo players can be coordinated in and out of the pool!

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Juniors Steph, Tessa, and Ashley slicing and stacking at the snack station.

BUWWP Wants You!

After a successful Splash the Terriers are excited to meet all the new players. Remember if you signed up at Splash that we will be having our beginning of the year meeting on Wednesday 9/9 at 7:30 pm, in the pool classroom. If you weren’t able to make it to Splash but are interested in water polo feel free to join us too! Immediately following the meeting we will be jumping in the water for our first official practice of the year. Can’t wait to meet all the new Terriers.

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Splash 2015