January 3, 2000 |
Even when she was an infant, Meghan Peart showed signs that she would become a swimmer. "Meghan has always loved the water," Peart's mother, Charlyn, said. "She loved to be in the bathtub when she was a couple of months old. When she was 6 months, we took her to family swims at the high school. She loved to splash around in the water. " The playful splashing at the Upper Perkiomen High pool eventually turned into powerful swimming. Peart, a 10th grader at Germantown Academy and a resident of Green Lane, is the nation's No. 1-ranked 15-year-old in the 50-meter freestyle.
December 1, 1998 |
When the North Penn boys dive into the water during the Pennsbury Relays on Friday, they will be in top condition. Most of the Knights are members of the water polo team, which plays between August and November. And water polo is a good adjunct to competitive swimming. "Water polo enhances swimming because it provides great conditioning," said Bill Bartle, North Penn's swimming and water polo coach. "Water polo is training, in some regards, for swimming. Also, it is participation in a sport that takes minds off swimming.
July 31, 2012 |
LONDON - Maggie Steffens made sure her first touch of the ball at the Olympics counted. And nearly every other one after that, too. In her Olympic debut, the 19-year-old Californian scored seven goals - six in the first half alone - and the U.S. women's water polo team survived a pesky Hungarian squad to win its opening match Monday in the London Games, 14-13. "It's awesome. My heartbeat is still pounding. I'm walking through here and just kind of taking a deep breath and letting it sink in," Steffens said.
October 3, 2010 |
The PIAA website offers some interesting details about high school sports in Pennsylvania. For instance, 735 PIAA schools play boys' basketball, 422 play girls' tennis, and 588 have football teams. No numbers are listed for water polo, and the site's water polo page is practically blank. That's because there are few PIAA water polo teams - 22 for boys, 21 for girls - so few that the organization doesn't sponsor championships in the sport. The numbers don't seem significantly better among non-PIAA schools, either.
November 19, 2003 |
Matt Deasey's plan was to give the Virginia basketball team a shot as a walk-on, but thanks to a sprained ankle, the freshman ended up on the water polo team instead. Deasey, a former Episcopal Academy basketball standout, sprained his right ankle playing a pickup game of soccer at Virginia early in the school year. Deasey knew he wasn't going to play basketball with the ankle sprain, so he decided to give water polo a try. He had been a third-team high school all-American playing the sport at Episcopal.
December 19, 1996 |
North Penn's Eric Umlauf and his sister, Andrea, use another sport to prepare for the swimming season, and it may be one of the reasons why the school has been successful in the Suburban One League and the district. The Umlaufs play water polo, and they play it well. A senior goalie on North Penn's boys' team, Eric helped the Knights upset Wilson-West Lawn, 16-14, for the state title Nov. 2 at Pottsville. A sophomore center/driver on North Penn's girls' team, Andrea was instrumental in the Maidens' second-place finish in the state behind Cumberland Valley on the same day. The Umlaufs are two of many North Penn swimmers who use water polo as a springboard into the swimming season.
July 30, 1987 |
Joe Johnson will be heading off to powerhouse Stanford and Mike Johnson has just returned from a trip with the U.S. National team to Europe, but the Fort Washington brothers will take time off from their travels to head the Region 1 water-polo team in the 1987 Keystone State Games. The Johnson brothers, who led Germantown Academy to a second-place finish at the Eastern High School championship in the fall, excel at a sport that gets little notice in the Philadelphia area - or much of the rest of the country outside California.
July 15, 1992 |
At 33, Terry Schroeder was the oldest athlete in this year's "Superstars" competition. He also was the most lightly regarded. After all, he is only a water polo player. "As I introduced myself to the other (athletes), I could see it in their eyes," Schroeder said. "They were thinking, 'This guy will be a pushover. "' Think again, fellows. Schroeder finished second in a field of 20 athletes that included eight pro football players (Eagles linebacker Seth Joyner was one)
January 8, 2004 |
Peter Van Buskirk had tried his hand at several sports - squash, tennis, swimming, baseball, football, basketball and lacrosse - early in his athletic career. By his own admission, the 2000 Episcopal Academy graduate was average in most of them. But he found his niche playing water polo for the Churchmen, starting in ninth grade. This past season, Van Buskirk, a junior goaltender for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, helped spark his team to the top ranking in Division III with a 23-9 record, including a 12-5 mark against Division I opponents.
August 14, 1988 |
Michael Johnson, 18, of Fort Washington, scored two goals to lead the Southeast to a 12-7 victory in water polo over the East in the second round of the Keystone Games competition yesterday at the North Valley Swim and Tennis Club in nearby Jenkins Township. The Southeast team has taken home gold medals from five of the last six Keystone Games and is the favorite to win today's final. The team will be meeting the winner of last night's game between Central and West, which the Southeast defeated Friday night, 9-6, behind four goals by Johnson.