March 9, 2013 in Team Info
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.
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!
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..
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!
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.
October 9, 2012 in Team Info
On a cool and cloudy weekend, Georgia Tech Water Polo kicked off the regular season, going 3-1 at the first Southeast Regional tournament in Knoxville, TN. Playing bright and early at the University of Tennessee’s outdoor pool, Tech faced off against Auburn University in the tournament’s opening match. Thanks to the strong play of Steven Winton, Georgia Tech grabbed an early lead and never looked back, picking up the first win of the 2012 season 11 – 4.
Georgia Tech next faced off against Vanderbilt. Playing through the rain, Georgia Tech fell behind early and faced a 6-1 deficit after the first half. But in the second half the offence rediscovered it’s scoring touch and Michael O’Rourke was a wall in goal as the Yellow Jackets came rambling back to tie it up at 8 – 8 as regulation expired. In an exciting back and forth overtime battle Tech couldn’t muster the offense to overcome Vanderbilt, falling 11 – 12.
Saturday’s final match saw Georgia Tech looking to bounce back after the Vanderbilt game’s tough ending, with the Yellow Jackets facing off against last year’s Southeast Division runner up and National Championship participant, Emory University. With 2 goals from freshman Taylor Wilson and another good game Ilya Kovalenko, Georgia Tech won 13 – 9.
On Sunday morning the Yellow Jackets sought to continue their winning ways after taking Saturday’s finale, going up against a resurgent University of Tennessee club. Strong play from the first two strings put the Jackets up 10 – 0 after the first half. Georgia Tech cruised from there to win 11 – 5.
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