Girls Water Polo
Following on the heels of the formation of our boys water polo program in 2017, Kennedy Catholic High School is bringing girls water polo on board beginning this spring, with practices beginning February 25, 2019.
“The addition of a girls water polo program is exciting because it’s entirely student-driven,” shared Sam Reed, Athletic Director. “Similar to the boys program, we have a number of current and incoming student-athletes that have expressed interest, checked in regularly, and proven their commitment to this exciting sport.”
Helping to make the addition seamless is the fact that Ken Alfonso, the current head coach of the boys program, is coming on board to lead the girls team as well.His experience, not only with the sport in general, but also in successfully growing the start-up boys team into a championship contender, will be a huge benefit to the girls program.
This past fall, in just the program’s second year, the boys team won a division championship, finished second in the Division II Championships and placed 8th in State.
“Similar to what was said when launching the boys’ program, I believe the addition of girls water polo fills a void in the region and can help Kennedy Catholic become a true destination location for aquatic sports,” Reed shared.
Girls Water Polo Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who will we compete against? Kennedy Catholic will be placed in the Puget Sound -East division of the Washington High School Water Polo Association.In that division, we will match up against our fellow NPSL schools, Auburn, Auburn Mountainview, Auburn Riverside, and Enumclaw as well as Puyallup, Rogers and Roosevelt.
2. What will the season look like? The season fits within the WIAA-defined spring sports season, with practices starting February 25 and registration opening February 1. Teams are allowed 20 regular season matches with postseason play beginning in mid-May.
3. Where will practices and matches take place?Girls water polo will follow our swim and dive programs in calling the Tukwila Pool (4414 S. 144th St. Tukwila, WA 98168) our home.Practices will be held 8-9:30pm, with match times varying based on home and away pool availability. Because of the later practice times, transportation to and from practices will not be provided. Transportation will be provided for all away competitions.
4. What type of experience is required, and will there be cuts?As with any sport, prior experience is a benefit to building skill, but it is not required.In its inaugural season, girls water polo will only be fielding a varsity team and therefore, cuts may be required if interest is beyond the capacity that can be safely and sufficiently coached and held in the pool.Those exact numbers will be determined once the season begins.
5. Who can participate? Water Polo is a club sport (similar to lacrosse) working in partnership with the WIAA.While some schools may work in conjunction with a local club and be open to student-athletes from a variety of schools, Lancer water polo is an official school sport and will abide by all the same rules and eligibility of the other 24 sports offered.Only full-time students at Kennedy Catholic High School can participate.
6. Are there any special costs associated with participation? Swimsuits will be required for practice, but outside of that, all costs associated with the program will be assumed by the school. This includes pool rentals, coaching salary, equipment, league entry fees and USA water polo memberships (required of each player – will be organized in the early part of the season).