Pitt hosts Renegades for game-night

water polo ball on water with players battling in a scrimmage
Pitt Men’s Water Polo host the Renegades.

Adults and College Squad have a practice game

October 18, 2018, was a special night in the sports world as there was a NFL football, ML Baseball (sorry Astros), NBA (the new player for the Laker’s, LeBron, can still dunk), NHL and water polo played at Pitt w Renegades masters.

Photos via Joie M and harvested from the Pittsburgh Renegades Facebook page.

Water polo player at 3 position with the ball looking to set up the offense.
Better cover that guy. He has an arm.

Highland Park Pool practice at 91-degree temperature with W&J men’s squad

The pool was busy!

Lots of people were looking to cool off on a hot Tuesday evening at Citiparks Highland Park Pool, our first visit for the summer to the facility. As is the case at both Ammon in The Hill District as well as last week’s practices at the Lower Northside’s Sue Murray Pool, the water polo play unfolded in just a part of the pool and the patrons could still swim and got a peek at the sport and its players as well.

As always, the lifeguards and pool managers were fantastic and most welcoming.

The adult lap swimmers like to swim long-course and the schedule for them had been from 6 to 7 pm for the bulk of the summer. They still got in their laps, and at 7 pm the deep end was re-purposed into the water polo course with goals and a line or two to split the game play from the recreational swimmers.

New Player joins the Renegades

We had a new guy walk into practice tonight. He had not played, but once, in 16 years, so he said. He grew up and played in the past in Egypt. We’ve got a new friend as he bucked up with the college guys on day one! Hero Land! And out the outset of the play, we had only 3 substitute players on our bench. So a few of us were in and out of the pool in quickly, and the W&J guys are all great swimmers. That speaks volumes to the guy’s willingness to play. He did very well, took shots, passed, pressed on defense.

He posted on Facebook:

Thank you guys for accommodating my slow playing (second game in 16 years) I am glad being part of this group and look forward for the next training. I promise to get better.

Presidential

Logo of W&J Water Polo taken from Water Polo PlanetThe highlight of the night, if not the summer, was the presence of the men’s team from W&J. They drove up to the city for the practice and workout. It was a change of pace and venue for them as they get ready for their first official games of the season on Saturday, September 1. 

Coach Nikola is the best.

Photos, thanks to Joie:

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Videos of some action at practice

Order questionable. More edits and comments welcome.

 

 

https://youtu.be/aBaaDPFC-eI

Ream Pool, 2015

Medal of water polo players

In 2015, the swim pool at Ammon was closed. So, we shifted some water polo practices to Ream Pool in Mt. Washington.

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