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Robbie Werdiger, Staff Writer

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The Varsity Water Polo team looks to win the Ivy League title for the tenth straight year. However, in a conference of only two other Ivy League teams, this is a relatively minor accomplishment for the players. This year the team hopes to achieve more success against teams in other conferences while also winning the Ivy League title. With a win against Fieldston and a loss to St. Peter’s prep, the team currently stands at 1-1.

    The Water Polo team is the only fall athletic team at the school that competes co-ed, with this year’s team consisting of nine boys and three girls. The three girls on the team: Honor McCarthy (12), Josie Alexander (12), and Parul Sharma (12) are all captains along with Armand Dang (12). 

Trinity and Fieldston, the two other teams in the Ivy League, are also usually co-ed; however, this year Trinity has no girls on its varsity team. Though different from years past, this seems to be the norm; with most of the Water Polo teams outside of the Ivy League only consisting of boys.

“I don’t find it a disadvantage. I think our girls are really strong and capable. They are not intimidated by the boys who are physically stronger and do their best to compete to their highest potential,” McCarthy said.

The captains hope that the team’s underclassmen talent and senior leadership will lead to more wins. The notable underclassmen on the team are starting goalie Danny Howard (10) and Hunter Kim (9).

“Howard’s height and quick reflexes make him so good,” McCarthy said.

This year the team is looking to translate raw swimming abilities into scoring goals.  Kim is a perfect addition to execute this new strategy, McCarthy said.

While the captains believe in the potential of the younger players, the underclassmen on the team feel McCarthy, Alexander, Sharma, and Dang are displaying great leadership.

“They all have great leadership qualities, great knowledge of the game, and know what to do in the critical situations,” Howard said.

Varsity Water Polo Coach Michael Duffy also complimented the captains as being, “approachable, hardworking, and good role models.”

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