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Water polo kicks off in the Hart pool

Competitive water polo for men and for women is one of the many sports offered on campus this semester. Tryouts were held Sept. 21 in the Hart swimming pool. TYLER ASTON | Scroll Photography

Water polo has made a splash in the Hart pool.
Many spectators saw their first match of this sometimes misunderstood sport over the last weekend.
“That totally blew my mind; I think I would drown,” said Matt Kolar, a senior studying communication.
Kolar said he didn’t know how the water polo players were able to swim for so long. “They have to have some great endurance; I can barely swim a few minutes.”
Water polo players display athleticism, endurance and physical strength.
The sport requires a demanding training regimen to perform at high levels.
According to Topend Sports, in an average one-hour match, players can swim between two and four miles.
Tussling for ball control, swimming pool-length sprints and playing buoyant defense can quickly drain players’ energy.
“The strength it takes to play water polo is insane; I’ve only played a few times, but it’s extremely taxing,” said Katie Atwood, a sophomore studying nursing.
Each team plays with seven players and they rotate similarly to how the players do in soccer, but without such defined positions.
Each player can assume multiple positions throughout the game.
In professional and collegiate water polo, the six players are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool.
Goalkeepers are permitted to touch the bottom of the pool when the depth is at least two meters, according to the website www.usawaterpolo.com.
According to that same website players, coaches and officials are all required to adhere to the code of conduct, which includes clauses regarding violence, sportsmanship and participation privileges with punishments including suspension or dismissal from the sport.
Information on competitive water polo and other sports are available at www.byui.edu/activities/sports.

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