Freshman team is optimistic for upcoming season
For the men of the Solano water polo team, a grueling two-hour conditioning program is nothing new . It’s just another day of preparation for a fresh season with a brand new team.
A very optimistic freshman Dillin Trejo looks forward to the new season in what he calls one of the “best sports” he’s ever played. Despite not having played at the collegiate level he says he is highly motivated for things to come, and one of the factors being “determination and level of respect the position of goalie represents,” he said.
In a team comprised mostly of freshman and only one returning sophomore, Trejo said that as the “last line of defense for his team” there’s a lot of added pressure on him, but it only “drives him to work harder,” he said. While every athlete on any team sport has high expectations for the upcoming season he remained humble when discussing his hopes for the season.
“I hope I get All-American this season and can take some of the field players with me,” he said, however he says his top priority is “a perfect season.”
The only returning player on the team, sophomore Seanpatrick Shadduck, regardless of being plagued by injury last season, says he believes the team’s chances are good and can definitely improve from a dismal last season.
“We already have way more players and they are way more in shape,” Shadduck said. As the most experienced player on the team Shadduck said the team is “highly motivated and that team cohesion is already present during practice.” Fully recovered from his injury, Shadduck says he hopes to improve as a player while making his team better as well.
While the season is only days away, if their practices are any indication, the team will be well prepared for what awaits them. The two-hour daily practice consists of an hour of conditioning followed by another hour of more skill based practice according to assistant coach Margot Gebers.
“It’s a very hard sport and you’ve got to be conditioned,” Gebers said.