A two-time event runner-up in 2012 and 2013, Jordan McNamara edged out 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzanoin the 2014 race with a time of 4 minutes, 3 seconds.
Grunewald took the women’s crown last year clocking 4:33. She outkicked her Team USA Minnesota teammate and two-time defending race champion Heather Kampf. The event record holder Kampf again looks to be Grunewald’s biggest challenger at the 2015 race.
The local players, with help from others from around the region, are playing in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The boys squad has two players from Texas, a player from Toledo, and a couple from Maryland too. Of course, Erie is well represented as well. Plenty of the girls players join the Pittsburgh kids from central Pennsylvania.
The photo above shows the two-time victors of the tournament from July 2014. Updates to this thread are expected with tweets from Moose Water Polo.
Score: 5-3, Pittsburgh up, early in the 2nd half over last year’s runner ups, Windy City. Two good teams. Windy City got the last goal on a 5-meter shot. Earlier goals came with the man-up advantage.
Today was a big day for city water polo efforts as the Garfield Gators got into the pool and began their quest for a new sport, water polo.
Practice times: Arrival at 11 am for chalk and tech talk with Coach Mark. We’ll cover skills, tactics, digital badges and use tablets. Then from 11:30 to 11:45 we’ll do dry-land exercises. We used some medicine balls, running, conditioning routines. Change and then hit the pool for a solid hour, from noon to 1 pm.
Weather permitting. This is an outdoor pool. If there is a storm, we can’t swim, of course.
Summer Dreamers who want to swim better and who want to have some fun, come out to the pool in the evenings. Bring your friends, family and guardians too.
Extra Evening Practices and the CLOH.org Google Calendar
Five times a week, Coach Mark or staff with Swim & Water Polo, are going to local swim pools for extra practices. All are invited. Let’s master a lifetime skill this summer and let’s play community water polo and SKWIM games all summer and all year. Check out and subsribe to the Google Calendar for dates, times, locations of these sessions. See it at CLOH.org. We want to host an All-City Sports Camp in August 2015.
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm, Northside, Citiparks’ Sue Murray swim pool.
Fridays (but not July 3rd), 5 to 8 pm, Hill District, Thelma Lovette YMCA on Centre Ave.
Pool admission at Citiparks is required. However, all 15-and-under can get a FREE Citiparks Pool Pass by going to any of the Citiparks Rec Centers and signing up. Family pool tags cost $60, on average.
Sessions at the YMCA are no charge. Kids need to be signed into the facility by an adult on their first visit. College players / Masters play water polo on Tuesdays, so watching them is an experience too.
Sports is about competition, but with a new project from BGC seasonal employee, Mark Rauterkus, cooperation is the prime goal. Students from a number of different schools are being recruited to work together to form a new varsity water polo program at Obama Academy. The key to playing well with others rests with adults at the respective schools, the principals and athletic directors.
An email invitation to more than ten different schools was sent in June 2015, in hopes of forming a sports team coop, a PIAA sports term, that allows students from various schools to play under the same team banner in high school competitions. Coach Rauterkus and others at Pittsburgh’s Obama Academy are familiar with squads that include students from different schools. The school’s football team, called USO, has U-Prep, Sci-Tech and Obama. All the Obama varsity teams, such as swimming, basketball and volleyball, can include the students from U-Prep and Sci-Tech.
Coach Rauterkus is the boys varsity swim coach at Obama Academy. His team won a WPIAL section title, going undefeated in its first year in the WPIAL in 2013. Home-school and CAPA students are on the Obama swim team too.
“We’re pulling together an new program that forms a bigger pool of eligible athletes,” said Rauterkus. Catholic schools, (Central, Okland, Bishop Canevin, Seton LaSalle), private schools (Ellis, Winchester Thurston), charter schools (Urban Pathways, City High) and other smaller public schools (Westinghouse, Brentwood, Wilkinsburg) are invited and are considering the co-op.
“Playing well with others is a theme that resonates with me,” said Rauterkus. “The opportunities for the city kids are often much different than what are presented in suburban settings. “With water polo, we can grow the sport and create friendships and better understandings among different groups of people.”
Presently only North Allegheny and two other schools in Erie field boys water polo teams. Pittsburgh Combined, a team hosted by Pittsburgh’s Obama Academy, could be the fourth.
For the past six summers, water polo has been offered as an activity with Summer Dreamers Academy. In 2015, more than 150 students get to learn to swim and play water polo for 3-hours a day for 28 days. Staff from many of those schools help train the students as employees, including more than a dozen from the city’s Learn & Earn job program.
The open letter to school administrators says, in part: “In past years, we’ve had more informal participation and called the team, Pittsburgh Combined. This year, with your okay, we’d love to include students from your school in a more robust program with more jobs and tighter relationships among the educational institutions so that the city kids can compete.”
Water polo seems to be about both: competition and cooperation.
Digital Badges, Goals, Level 1, is ready for your participation. Being a goal setter and thinking about goals, is an important function for achievement in life, with youngsters and adults. All are encouraged to take some time and do the activities and earn our Level 1 accomplishment.
There is no charge for the entire process. This can be shared far and wide. Our staff is working on this now and in the days to come, those in Swim & Water Polo Camp as part of Summer Dreamers Academy get to give it a whirl too.
Third: At the bottom of the Digital_Badges/Goals/Level 1 page is a “button” that takes you to a new wiki page. On that new page you edit and post four of your goals. A few other questions are asked. Keep reading. Keep following the directions.
Fourth: You ask for the site administrators and coaches to deliver you the digital badge.
Fifth: Stay tuned for the next level of the Digital Badges/Goals. That is much different and includes the GOI, the goal orientation index.
The first night of masters water polo happened in Pittsburgh at a new location, Citiparks Ream Swim Pool in Mt. Washington.
Drive up to Mt. Washington on McArdle Roadway and at the top of the hill, cross over Grandview Drive and continue straight. Just after the first light, on the way down the back side of Mt. Washington, you’ll see the Ream Rec Center. The swim pool is not visible from the road. On street parking.
See you Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm.
Pay $5 at the door for adults, or get a yearly pass for all Citiparks pools for $30. Kids and veterans are less.
Not much in life is mandatory. You can rise up to the challenge and strive to get a grip on the Digital Badges, or you can ignore them. Some individuals are going to want to learn and grow by wrestling with these challenges and opportunities. Care to engage, show initiative and try hard.
Some of the Digital Badges are going to be easy for you to get. Others are going to be out of reach for you this summer.