Success at AQTX Fest, Thunder Spring Invite, ODP
Catching up after two of our busiest weeks.
AQTX Spring Festival
It’s over – the final AQTX TISCA West Region Spring Festival, and it went as well as it possibly could have. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make it the smoothest one we’ve ever run. Because high school water polo will be run by the UIL in the fall, we as a club will no longer be able to host such an event, something we consider a good thing altogether. And don’t worry, we’ll be hosting other events in its place.
So thanks again for everyone’s hard work and congratulations to all our athletes who got to put their skills on display over the weekend. It’s very exciting for coaches to see your hard work paying off. Keep it up! You can find final results for the tournament on its events page.
Thunder Spring Invite Champs
Belated huge congrats to Tristan, William, Rudy, and Wes for taking home 1st prize medals for the Longhorn 14u and 12u teams competing in the silver bracket of the Thunder Spring Invite. Their teams went undefeated over the weekend. And as a reward, as Coach Tom and I mentioned to the teams, we won’t be entering any silver brackets in the foreseeable future! A great result and congratulations to our four players and our friends from Longhorn. Final results are here.
ODP National Championships
Speaking of Tristan, he and his Southwest Zone teammates returned from Northern California after beating the Midwest Zone to earn 13th place in the program’s national championship tournament. In their first game they fell just one goal short of the Pacific Zone Blue team from Northern California.
Kendall will finish her spring break in NorCal for the girls’ championship. She and her Southwest Zone Youth team will take on the Central (CA) Zone on Saturday, March 19. Best of luck to her and her teammates, and congratulation to Tristan on a great ODP season.
The next ODP season will begin in September and we will be pushing our athletes to try out more than we have in the past. You can keep tabs of what’s going on with the program via USA Water Polo’s ODP page.
Junior Olympics Interest
We’ve gotten feedback from a lot of you but want more! Are you interested in playing at Junior Olympics this summer? We will share a google form for you to fill out in our GroupMe (contact Coach James if you need the link to our GroupMe).
You can read more about the summer schedule via our Southwest Zone JOs Qualifier event page. With our friends from Longhorn our plan is to attempt to qualify all our boys’ teams for Session 1 in California. We are still getting feedback from the families of our girls about competing in California versus playing in Session 3 in North Texas. But if you’re planning on playing on one of our boys’ rosters (and you should!) then you should know we plan on qualifying for a trip to California. If any of our teams don’t qualify for CA we will play in Session 3 in North Texas for certain.
Alamo Classic Roster Call
All of our middle school and younger athletes are encouraged to commit to playing a the Alamo Classic in San Antonio on April 2-3. We’ll be working with Longhorn on rosters. If we have enough to do so we’ll happily create separate rosters for AQTX and Longhorn. But if not we’ll combine as we often do. Because it’s high school season the age groups are determined by school grade. So, 8th grade and under, 6th grade and under, 4th grade and under. Let’s go!
We have an influx of new members as the high school season has arrived and are very pleased to have them. To all of you who joined recently, welcome to AquaTex Waterpolo. Take a moment to read our Welcome page so you know what next steps are. Most importantly, all AquaTex athletes must be both registered with the club and have a current membership with USA Water Polo. The minimum level of membership that will cover your athlete is “Bronze,” although there is also a 2-week trial membership. Families must register with USA Water Polo directly. We as a club cannot register your athlete, unlike with USSwimming.
Thanks again for joining us!