Co-Champions at the Dave Perry Classic


Out of a field of eleven teams, Club of Chicago and Windy City Water Polo (pictured above) were co-champions of the 2018 Dave Perry Classic held at Fenwick High School on November 17 and 18.  Both teams were undefeated entering the championship game.  Club of Chicago defeated the University of Illinois, the Apostles, and the Outlaws.  Windy City Water Polo defeated the Apostles, the Glenbrook Gators, and the Wildcats.  The championship game ended in an 11-11 tie with four goals being scored in the closing two minutes.

2018 Illinois Coaching Clinic

Topic: How to Create a Winning Culture

Speaker: Dr. Marcelo Leonardi

Head Women’s Water Polo Coach Michigan University


Dr. Marcelo Leonardi enters his fifth season as head coach for the Michigan women’s water polo team.

In four seasons, Leonardi has recorded a 109-39 (.736) overall record at Michigan. He has guided the Wolverines to three NCAA appearances, three CWPA Championships and two first place conference finishes during the regular season.

Leonardi increased the team’s win total by 11 from year one to year two and has only lost two conference games in four seasons (30-2).

In just his second year at Michigan, Leonardi took the Wolverines to their highest point in the 16 years of the program. U-M achieved its highest ranking of all-time, No. 4, after placing 4th at the NCAA Championship. The Wolverines won the CWPA Championship for the sixth time and first since 2010, giving Leonardi his first college championship. He was named the Doc Hunkler Coach of the Tournament. The team finished with a 30-8 overall record.

Leonardi took over the Michigan women’s water polo program after spending the previous five seasons as the women’s water polo coach at California State University in Northridge. In 2014, he guided the Matadors to a second-place finish in the regular-season Big West Conference standings and a runner-up showing at the conference championship. CSUN compiled a 23-9 overall record on the year and ranked as high as No. 9 in the CWPA national polls.

To see his full bio please visit:


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Checks can be made out to Illinois Water Polo (IWP)

Welcome home!

Many Illinois high school prep water polo players returned to their old stomping grounds as Lyons Township South’s pool hosted Indiana University, Carthage College, the University of Toronto, Lidenwood University, the University of Florida, and local women’s team, Wildcats.  Florida’s roster boasts Julia Nicholson from Long Grove, IL.  Lidenwood’s Illinois players include Nicole Howe (New Lenox, IL), Emily Kini (Palatine, IL), Vladislava Milutinovic (Northbrook, IL), Harmony Moran (New Lenox, IL), and Betsy Zanocco (Arlington Heights, IL).  Carthage College’s Illinois high school water polo graduates include: Emma Jeronimus (Hoffman Estates, IL), Heather Walker (Chicago, IL), Angel Kelsey (Orland Park, IL), Mae Van Beest (Flossmoor, IL), Arianna Dakuras (Chicago, IL), Lauren Corcoran (Orland Park, IL), Kayli Sayatovic (Berwyn, IL), and Meghan Fisher (Tinley Park, IL).  Carthage is led by Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame inductee, Laura Coffman.  Indiana’s roster included two Fenwick graduates, Molly McGuire (Oak Park, IL) and volunteer coach / video manager Will Skowron (Oak Park, IL).

In addition all the games played below, the coaches provided an evening clinic for all interested high school athletes.

Final results:

Florida 9 Lidenwood 8

Toronto 3 IU 12
IU 6 wildcats 9
Lindenwood 12 Carthage 8
Toronto 9 Florida 3
Toronto 14 Carthage 4
Wildcats 7 IU 9
Wildcats 13 Florida 2
Florida 3 IU 9


The Wildcats, a masters team for women is always looking for new players to join them for their weekly Sunday morning practices. Contact Alyssa Turza,, for more information.

Illinois Water Polo mourns the passing of Rob Lindgren


Rob Lindgren, a force in District 214 high school aquatics for more than two decades, died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday, July 15.  He had been battling pancreatic cancer since last November.  In addition to positions as coach, teacher, official, club supervisor, Rob also spearheaded the Illinois Water Polo High School Boys and Girls Summer Leagues.  Twenty two different clubs, several with multiple teams, currently participate in the league started by Rob which ends its regular season this week.  This league has been instrumental to the growth of high school water polo in Illinois since its inception.  In the recent years, Rob took the league from a more recreational set up to one with a championship tournament, awards for the winners, high level games, and the crowning of an Illinois High School Summer League Champion.  He also kept a recreational set up for teams just starting out, allowing all teams, no matter their level of play or experience, an opportunity to play water polo throughout the summer.  His efforts in this league were tireless.

This past June, while battling cancer, Rob renewed Illinois Water Polo’s commitment to coaching education by organizing a coaching clinic and social at Arlington Park (Arlington Heights, IL).  Over twenty five coaches attended the event which saw presentations from several top level area high school and club coaches as well as 2016 Olympian, Brett Bonanni.  Following the clinic, live racing was enjoyed and lunch was provided by Illinois Water Polo.

Following in Rob’s footsteps, Illinois Water Polo will continue both the high school summer league and the coaching clinics.  Illinois Water Polo would also like to thank Rob one last time for his incredible efforts in helping provide direction and growth of the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the player, coach, club, and high school level.

Two recent articles about Rob’s passing can be found at:

Aquatics community mourns Lindgren’s loss

Area Aquatic Pioneer Rob Lindgren Dies

There is also a go fund me page.

Illinois Water Polo will also accept donations in honor of Rob Lindgren which will be earmarked for the next coaching clinic, an event that Rob was already working on despite his last clinic being held just a month ago!  Donations by check made out to Illinois Water Polo can be mailed to:

Kyle Perry, Illinois Water Polo President

505 Washington Blvd.

Oak Park, IL 60302

A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, July 23rd at 10am at St. Edna Catholic Church (2525 N Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004).

IWP Clinic and Summer Kick Off at Arlington Park Race Track

Clinic and afternoon social is complementary with you team’s entry into the summer league.

Clinic Agenda
8:00 – 8:30 Welcome and registration light refreshments provided.
8:30 General meeting ideas***​: Sample topics may include: “State of Water Polo”, My best drill, Practice
Progression, What I expect from officials (coaches), New Coaches 101, USAWP/AWP opportunities and info.
9:00 “Polo Camp” Break out sessions
9:45 Networking, meet and greet
10:00 “Polo Camp” Break out sessions
10:45 Networking, meet and greet
11:00 “Polo Camp” Break out sessions
11:45 Networking, meet and greet
12:00 Closing thoughts ideas, feedback, fundraiser details, IWP Programming and opportunities to help.
12:30 Marquee Tents for afternoon social, fundraiser, membership drive, networking, meet and greet
If you would be interested in proposing a topic to present contact Rob Lindgren, Kyle Perry or
Elizabeth Timmons with your proposal.
++The afternoon social and networking opportunity is included in the clinic for those who have teams
registered for the summer league.
++Complementary Food, Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine, Spirits, Private Tent area and wagering kiosk are included
for our group.
++Summer League entry will give one coach complimentary admission to the clinic. Additional coaches,
Officials or spouses can be included for $50/person.
Battle of the Conferences Wagering Wins Contest. There will be a raffle for sporting event tickets and possibly other items to raise money for the Dave Perry Scholarship fund.​
Download the flyer here.

Illinois Water Polo 2018 All-Sectional Teams Announced

The Illinois Water Polo 2017 All-Sectional Teams by Sectional –

Chicago (St. Ignatius College Prep) Boys

Chicago (St. Ignatius College Prep) Girls

Elmhurst (York) Boys

Elmhurst (York) Girls

Glenview (Glenbrook South) Boys

Glenview (Glenbrook South) Girls

LaGrange (Lyons) Boys

LaGrange (Lyons) Girls

Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) Boys

Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) Girls

Schaumburg (H.S.) Boys

Schaumburg (H.S.) Girls

Buffalo Grove Boys

Buffalo Grove Girls

Aurora (Metea Valley) Boys

Aurora (Metea Valley) Girls