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Hope For a Water Polo Revival Springs Forth From Idaho

In a moment when water polo can use any positive news regarding COVID-19, a detailed report out of Idaho suggests that—when played in proper conditions—polo may be one of the safest indoor contact sports available to age group athletes. Mark Collingham, a former polo player for Washington State Univ...

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Sign Of The (COVID) Times: La Salle Cuts Men’s Water Polo

In a sign of just how deadly the coronavirus has been to collegiate athletics, on Tuesday La Salle University in Philadelphia announced that it was cutting men’s water polo as a part of clearing out seven NCAA varsity  sports. It is the third varsity polo program that has been eliminated during the ...

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In a Decade at UC Davis, Leyson Bring Harmony to Aggie Water Polo

Daniel Leyson has been all over the world for water polo, including an appearance at the Olympics—the highest level of competition for his sport. Along the way on a career that has taken him from club coaching with Rose Bowl to collegiate stops at his alma mater, USC (Class of ’92), and UCLA, to pla...

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On The Record with Dan Klatt of UC Irvine Women’s Water Polo

Like his peers in the water polo coaching community, Dan Klatt has endured an unexpected stretch of inactivity brought on by the coronavirus pandemic—which as of today has infected more than six million Americans and killed almost 190,000 in the U.S. For Klatt, head coach of the UC Irvine women's te...

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Passages: Andy Burke, Devoted US Water Polo Administrator, 91

Andy Burke, a long-time administrator for water polo who served on numerous U.S. and international committees, passed away last Friday at the age of 91. For his efforts on behalf of American water polo, in 2018 Burke was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) for his substanti...

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Paul Ramaley, Head Coach, Chelsea Piers Water Polo: What Went Wrong?

Editor's Note: Following is one in a series of articles and interviews about the situation with the Chelsea Piers age group water polo club. For the past eight years the club had been under the Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT) umbrella until the program was cut two weeks ago, a victim of the coronav...

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After Months Indoors Suburban Pool Time Beckons Brooklyn Kids

“It was amazing getting back in the water,” said Nate Schulhoff, who confessed it felt like forever since he was last able to swim. For 11-year-old Sabrina Kazemi, along with her friend Naila Noble, the chance to jump into a pool—even in the midst of a pandemic—was simply too good to pass up. “It wa...

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Passages: Aleksandr Kabanov, Russian Olympian as Player and Coach, 72

Aleksandr Kabanov, who struck Olympic gold in 1972 and 1980 as a player for the Soviet Union men’s water polo team and a pair of bronze medals as coach—in 1988 as an assistant with the USSR in the Seoul Olympics, then as head coach for Russia in the 2004 Athens Games—passed away Wednesday at the age...

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Remembrances of Tibor Benedek: Water Polo Great Taken Too Soon

A. E. Housman’s “To an Athlete Dying Young” is an English 101 staple. Employing a simple rhyming scheme, anyone can easily follow Housman’s poetical path, culminating in a four-stanza punch line: Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honors out, Runners whom renown outran And the n...