On April 9th and 10th, the Women’s Water Polo Sport Club defeated other top competitors in the region to win the CWPA Southwest Regional Championships. The team defeated UCSD handily in the final match 11-4 and finished the tournament 3-0. Having won the 2014 CWPA Nationals, SDSU is on the hunt for their second CWPA National Championship. With a record of 11-0, they finish the regular season ranked 3rd in the nation.
The team is led by team president and goalie Katie Enstad who is a consistent and dynamic player. During the Regional Championships, Katie had a total of 33 saves. “I am so proud to be a part of this team, and work with such a phenomenal group,”’ says Enstad. “ I am excited to finish my senior year with a first place finish in the Southwest Division and working towards a second national title.” Other notable players in the final game against UCSD include #4 Emily Seitz with three goals, #5 Lexie Domingo with three goals, and #6 Colleen Boensel with three goals.
With the popularity of Water Polo in San Diego, this is the first year that the Sport Club women’s team has fielded both an A and a B team for the CWP Regionals. The two squad structure enables the team to allow more play time for all athletes as well as provide more time to develop the newer players. Coach Jamie Cassidy says, “We are really excited to see the continued growth and success of our program. Each year the program gets stronger and develops in many ways. All of the girls come out to get better, fun and winning is just an added bonus!”
The Sport Club program also has a Men’s club team that is extremely competitive, placing 2nd in nation the past two seasons. The women’s team will continue their focused preparation for the 2016 National CWPA Championship coming up at UCSC in Santa Cruz, May 6 – 8.
Associated Students established the Sport Club program in 1961 and since then it has grown to include 20 diverse and highly competitive teams and over 700 athletes. Teams represent SDSU in intercollegiate competitions at regional, state and national levels. Each club team is developed, organized, and managed by student leaders with guidance from the Aztec Recreation Intramural & Sport Club administrators, DeJuan Benford and Andrew Lutz.