Fun in the Sun at the Spring Coast Classic

March 25, 2013 in Team Info

The Spring Coast Classic started off on a beautiful Saturday morning. With the sun bright and shining, the Yellow Jackets faced off against Loyola PR for their first game. Loyola took an impressive lead early showing their experience and dominance in the pool with a score of 7-1 at the half. The situation did not improve into the second half, but Charlie Oliva didn’t give up and put in Tech’s only two goals of the game. The game ended with a score of 18-2 and the Puerto Ricans continued to steam roll the tournament from then on.

Later that day Georgia Tech got back in the pool against Tampa. Tampa came out of the gates strong with a score of 6-1 in the first quarter. In the second quarter Charlie Oliva put the team on his back and gave the Yellow Jackets new life with 4 goals. Patrick Slane added one more and the team’s defense stepped it up to make it a 9-6 halftime score. Tech rode the momentum into the 3rd quarter with big saves and big plays on offense and defense. Everybody was chipping in goals as the Yellow Jackets refused to give up. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as Tampa rallied to stop the comeback and close it out with a final score of 16-11.

The Spring Break weather returned for St. Paddy’s Day and the second day of games for Tech. Both Georgia Tech and FIT joined forces for a scrimmage against Tampa in place of UCF. Tampa won handedly and Tech and FIT moved on immediately to their game. Georgia Tech was ready to go and came out in-sync with strong play on both sides of the pool. Steals from Natalie Lembeck, and goals from Patrick, Charlie and Mo, gave Tech a 5-1 advantage at the half. The game stayed on pace and with a few more goals, namely a man-up score out of Bruno Queirazza, Tech put away their win with a final score of 9-3.

For the fourth and final game of the day, Georgia Tech played FAU. Unfortunately some of Tech’s players had to leave before this game, but some players from FIT filled in. Regardless FAU and Tech were in a deadlocked game with Tech answering all of FAU’s goals. Viviana Castagna, Lynn Huynh, and Natalie Lembeck all put goals in on the FAU defense, but FAU managed hold on to their early lead. It was a thriller that ended in a loss for Tech 8-9 and closed out the tournament.

Tech in New Orleans

March 9, 2013 in Team Info

Georgia Tech places 2nd at UGA Spring Classic

February 14, 2013 in Team Info

In the second tournament of the Spring season the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets finished a strong 3-1 with a 2nd place finish overall. Tech came out firing in their first game against Clemson with a 4-0 lead after the first quarter thanks to great shooting from Charlie Oliva and Freddy Damen. Tech kept up the offensive pressure and closed out the game with a 11-2 final score.

The Yellow Jackets second game pitted them against Charlotte. The game started off close but in the second quarter Tech opened up and extended the lead to 3. Charlotte fought hard and found their offense in the second half and went toe-to-toe with Tech, but Tech answered every goal and, thanks to Neal Laxpati, finished the game at 9-6

The 3rd game had Tech facing off their long-time rivals Dynamo. Dynamo showed their dominance the first half putting the Yellow Jackets at a 4-0 disadvantage, but Tech fought back hard in the second half thanks to great outside shots from Charlie Oliva and the team’s play in the man-up offense. With tie game of 6-6 Dynamo gained the lead back with 1 second to go in the game. Charlie Oliva took the longshot from the middle of the pool and put the ball right over the Goalie’s head to tie it up and send the game into overtime. Georgia Tech managed to score the golden goal on a man-up play to finish the comeback. Final score 8-7

The championship game was played against the FSU seminoles and was close all of the way through. GT came out strong but FSU hung on to keep it tied at the half 5-5. The Yellow Jackets and FSU traded goal after goal all of the way to the end but the fatigue wore on the Jackets and FSU closed out the game 9-8 with a goal in the last 30 seconds of play. Overall GT showed why they are one of the strongest team’s in the region. Look forward to their next tournament in UNC.

Women’s Water Polo at Tech

January 19, 2013 in Team Info

New this year, Georgia Tech is forming a Women’s Water Polo team. We will host girls only practices on Thursday’s from 8 to 10 in the CRC diving well and girls are encouraged to go to co-ed practices on Mondays and Wednesdays. We will also hold scrimmages with Emory’s Women’s team on Sundays, depending on their schedule. As a new team, we’d love to teach this fun and exciting game to anyone with some swimming ability. So if you are a swimmer looking to do something new and to meet a lot of great people, grab your goggles and come by the CRC or email Anna Janoff at  for more information. Hope to see you there!

Interested in Water Polo?

January 17, 2013 in Team Info

The Georgia Tech water polo team is now actively recruiting water polo players for our 2013 spring season.  We are looking for students with water polo experience or a strong swimming background. Look out for our flyers across campus!  We practice 2-3 times a week in one of the nicest facilities in the country and will travel to four tournaments this spring.   All members in this club should expect to improve dramatically through our training program as well as get some playing time against a wide range opponents in tournaments.  Outside the pool tournaments are also a fun social experience.  The cities we will be visiting; New Orleans and Chapel Hill, Athens and Melbourne Florida, provide much more than just a place to play water polo.

If you are interested in joining our team please email me (Charlie Oliva) at ccoliva..

 

 

Thanks Steven Winton

December 20, 2012 in Team Info

Steven Winton graduated this fall. Our team captain, Winton was the 2011 Southeast Division MVP and named to the 2012 all-conference team. His play made everybody around him better and he will be missed. We wish you the best of luck Steve.

 

Watch Tech Water Polo Online

October 24, 2012 in Team Info

Do you want to watch Georgia Tech Water Polo play, but can’t make it to Emory for the games? Well now you can! For $10 a game or $25 for the whole tournament, you can stream all the Southeast Regional Championships LIVE. Just click anywhere on this sentence, then look for Georgia Tech’s games (Saturday at 4:15 pm and 8:55 pm). From there you can elect to pay for one game, or all of them!

Georgia Tech Closes out Regular Season in Athens, GA

October 23, 2012 in Team Info

Georgia Tech Water Polo closed out the regular season last weekend in Athens, GA, going 3 – 1 and locking up the third seed in the Southeast Regional Championship tournament.

To open play, the Yellow Jackets took on in-state rival Georgia in a tightly contested match. The first half of play was dominated by both team’s defenses as Georgia Tech’s Patrick Slane and Steve Larson shut down the Georgia attack in hole. But Tech couldn’t capitalize on Georgia’s offensive struggles, resulting in a 2 – 2 tie after two quarters of play. With kick outs mounting against key players on both sides the offensive exploded in the second half. Led by Steven Winton, Georgia Tech matched Georgia goal for goal leaving the score tied 6 – 6 after regular play had concluded. In overtime the offensive boom that had taken over the game continued. In the end, Georgia barely outpaced the Jackets, beating Tech 9 – 8.

After the disappointing opening loss, Georgia Tech looked to bounce back against Clemson. With Georgia Tech resting the starters, Clemson kept the game surprisingly tight early, keeping the score at 5 – 2 after the first half. In the second half, despite numerous penalties being called on the Jackets, Charlies Waesche and Olivia scored multiple goals to help Tech open it up and take home a win 9 – 4.

In Saturday’s final game the Yellow Jackets looked to avenge last tournament’s overtime loss to Vanderbilt. From start to finish Georgia Tech dominated this rematch, getting production from all over the line-up, especially Evan Zinner. By the end of the game Georgia Tech had thoroughly proven themselves the better team, routing Vanderbilt 14 – 5.

Georgia Tech finished off the regular season with a rematch against Tennessee. In another game controlled by Tech from the opening swim-off to the final whistle, thanks to the strong play of Kevin Hendley and Freddy Daemon and goals form the goalie Michael O’Rourke, Tech grabbed another victory 11 – 3.

With the regular season behind them, the Yellow Jackets look on to the Southeast Regional Championship on October 27 – 28 at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Georgia Tech’s first match of the tournament will be against Tennessee on Saturday the 27th at 4:15 pm. A win would likely mean a rematch with Georgia on Saturday the 27th at 8:55 pm. The conference championship will be held Sunday the 28th at 12:40 pm. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Tennessee Tournament Photos

October 12, 2012 in Team Info

Check out the photos from Georgia Tech’s first CWPA tournament here

Georgia Tech to play in Athens, GA

October 12, 2012 in Team Info

Come out and support your Georgia Tech Water Polo club this weekend in Athens, GA. On Saturday, Georgia Tech plays Georgia at 12:00, Clemson at 2:30, and Vanderbilt at 5:00. Sunday, Tech will play Tennessee at 10:15. Go Jackets