Senior Spotlight on Water Polo

Our first senior spotlight will be shining on the water polo team! Senior captain Kayla Y. was looking forward to her 4th year on the squad and, ideally, her 4th New England Championship! Teammate and classmate Francesca S. was eager to transfer her sharp shooting skills from the basketball court to the pool. Some of Kayla’s favorite memories were, of all things, bus rides! She shared, “all too many times I chose to take the bus home after games as well, even though my parents made the 2 hour drive each way to watch the game, and I never second guessed that decision.” While away from the pool she is still leading the team by keeping contact and motivating them through virtual workouts and team dinners. Being a member of the team has taught her about leadership, “to be more outgoing, to take in criticism and adjust to my ways, and to provide confidence to my teammates when they need it. I will forever be thankful for these lessons and will hold onto them as I embark on my journey playing college water polo.” When asked what advice she would give to younger players on the team she would advise that “the saying ‘you don't truly know what you're missing until it's gone’ is an understatement. The point I am making is that there is no better time than now to give it your all and to push yourself in and out of the athletic setting.” Distance learning has been an adjustment for everyone and, for Kayla, she has used some of this new-found time to rekindle her coloring book skills! And, “on a more serious note, I have learned to be more patient with this experience as it is new to everyone and remain optimistic for the future.” And Kayla’s future looks bright! She will be heading to Princeton to play water polo where her GA and US team experience is sure to be welcomed by the Tigers.