Athlete of the Month

This edition featuring Kevin Bowers
Athlete of the Month

Kevin Bowers is the boys water polo captain and has played on the varsity team since sophomore year.

The Campanile: What position do you play?

Kevin Bowers: I’m a driver, but everybody will just play whatever position they have to depending on where they end up.

TC: What are your contributions to the team?

KB: I would like to think that I contribute on offense and defense. I want to work on my defensive game this year, and my main focus is to improve my defensive game and provide a little bit of leadership too.

TC: How long have you been on varsity?

KB: I’ve been on varsity for three years. I got pulled up my sophomore year, and it has been a blast.

TC: Wow, are there any pre-game rituals that have helped you achieve that success?

KB: Oh boy … there’s some good ones. Everybody has their own weird thing. I just like to put on the headphones and get in the zone and eat some weird food.

TC: What are these weird foods?

KB: There’s a lot of string cheese, I love the stuff. I’ll have like four of those before a game. I don’t know, nothing else gets me like string cheese.

TC: List three things you won’t miss about water polo:

KB: 1) Not having cheerleaders. I think we should have some cheerleaders in there.

2) On multiple occasions, having see-through speedos, especially this year. If you guys come out to a home game there’s a special treat for all of you out there. Some mistakes were made in designing the suit.

3) Not having a pool my senior year.

TC: Spit some words of fire regarding the pool:

KB: F***** sucks man … F***** sucks. But I mean things happen, and they’ve done a good job compensating us by buying us new goals and equipment. I’m thankful for that, but it does suck.

TC: What are your strengths?

KB: I can rock a speedo. I think I play a pretty good defense, and I play pretty well on offense, and I create opportunities. Outside of the water I would like to think I help the team stay together.

TC: What’s your policy on speedos?

KB: I think every sport should have them. It should be a school-wide thing, I mean, honestly, football could use them. Mobility goes up! There’s absolutely no disadvantage to using them. Spread the love!

TC: What’s your worst injury?

KB: Last summer at Junior Olympics I got elbowed in the face and my teeth went through my bottom lip. I got out, plugged it and kept playing.

TC: What is it like having your mom as athletic director?

KB: Do me a favor here, imagine your mom is at Paly pretty much all day. So she’s there, and she is doing her job … that’s it. She’s just here. She’s the athletic director and she’s also my mom, and I’m really proud of her.

TC: What is your greatest moment in water polo?

KB: During a game during my sophomore year I jumped into the pool, some Baywatch goin’ in … and my suit came off. And there I was, in all of my sophomore glory. That’s a wrap.

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