GW Men's Water Polo Begins Preseason Training for 2014
Colonials Aim to Repeat Fast Start of 2013 and Maintain Momentum into Postseason
The GW men's water polo team returned to Charles E. Smith Center Pool for the first time on Tuesday to begin its preparation for this fall's 2014 season.
The team began with a morning session of four-station (swim, static leg, dynamic leg and shooting) workouts to gauge conditioning, followed by an afternoon session focused on team defense and counterattack situations.
"We're hoping to pick up where we left off this past spring. Everyone has shown up in pretty good shape for the most part so we're able to continue moving forward," said Head Coach Scott Reed, who begins his 16th season at the helm alongside first-year Assistant Coach Adam Foley. "These first couple days of training will be geared toward evaluating conditioning, getting the guys to know one another and starting to get the team in sync."
The Colonials started strong in 2013, racing out to a 9-2 overall and 3-1 league record to peak at No. 17 in the CWPA Varsity Top 20 poll. GW posted its first winning season since 2006 and its most victories since 1998 with a 16-15 final mark. The ninth-seeded Colonials defeated Johns Hopkins and MIT en route to a seventh-place finish at the CWPA Championship.
"This year we want to have that same big start, make sure that we all stay together and everyone stays healthy and stays focused moving into conference play and toward tournament play at the end of the year," said senior co-captain Adam Wrobel.
GW will use the nearly two and a half weeks of preseason training to prepare for its four-game season debut at the Princeton Invitational on Sept. 6-7. The Colonials open against MIT, the team they defeated in last year's CWPA Championship seventh-place game, and defending CWPA champion St. Francis (NY) on Saturday before rounding out the event with Iona and Brown on Sunday.
"Leading up to the Princeton Invite, we're trying to get our team defense completed so everyone knows what their roles are, and get the offensive transition game going," added Coach Reed. "As the season progresses, we want to start adding more to the defense so by the end of the season we'll have a lot of pieces to use toward a championship run."
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