With a 12-4 record (6-1 in the league), the boy’s water polo team leads the De Anza League heading into the last stretch of the season
Senior and captain Julien Chow said the team has already improved since last season.
“We’re definitely ahead compared to last season, in terms of wins and just being able to play with each other,” Chow said.
Senior Ian Johnson said that while the team has had a strong start, it still has areas of improvement including not getting mad at each other and staying focused on the game.
“I feel like getting mad in a game makes you lose focus and cause you to make bad decisions,” Johnson said
Maintaining a good attitude during games is something that Chow said he has been working on.
“Your emotions and your actions in and out of the pool really affect the individual players,” Chow said. “Sometimes I like really high emotions during games, but I just know that it’s not going to help the team if I just started talking down on people.”
And Chow said he thinks the newer players on varsity have risen to the team’s challenges.
“The new players are adjusting well and some of them have really stepped up,” Chow said. “They’re not the strongest players, but they also haven’t played on the varsity games before.”
Johnson said he is also excited about the upcoming season.
“The season has been great so far and I think we’re all super excited to succeed this year,” Johnson said. “Our sportsmanship is good and we’re having a lot of fun.”