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The USA Water Polo Women’s Division 3 National Championships at Augustana College

The USA Water Polo Women’s Division 3 National Championships will take place at the Anne Greve Lund Natatorium in the Lindberg Center on the campus Augustana College.  There will be four games total (two Saturday and two Sunday).  

On Saturday, May 6 will be the two national semifinals.  At 2:00pm will be Augustana v. CMS.  At 4:00pm will be Pomona-Pitzer v. Austin.

On Sunday, May 7 will be the 3rd place and championship games.  The 3rd Place Game will be at 10:00am and the Championship game will be at 12:00pm.

Tickets are $12 for a single day or $20 for a weekend pass.  They can be purchased here:  The ticket process will be cashless, so anyone interested in attending must purchase tickets through the link.

Illinois Water Polo New Coaches Orientation

Illinois Water Polo New Coaches Orientation

Monday, February 6th 7:30pm via Zoom

This session is designed for coaches who are in their first or second year and is open to both Varsity and lower level coach. Topics include preparing for the season, organizing the season, organizing a practice, and developing community.

Please register HERE

We will email a Zoom link a few hours prior to the program.

IWP Vice President, Jimmy Heard, reflects on the passing of Coach Richard Dux

Illinois Water Polo Community,

Last month, Matt shared that Coach Richard Dux had unexpectedly passed away. As our community processes the profound impact his loss has had on those that knew him, I wanted to take a moment to more fully remember Coach Rich and his involvement with Illinois water polo.

Rich’s love for water polo began at the age of 12 playing in the Chicago Park District. After playing with CPD for many years, Rich played NCAA division I water polo at Loyola University.  He played in multiple Midwest Conference Championship and NCAA Division I National Championship tournaments. After graduation, Rich helped coach and train goalies at Loyola University for many years.

In 1979, Rich was selected to participate in the US Olympic trials for the 1980 team and was named team captain of the Midwest team. The trials at the time were known as the National Sports Festival. The Festival was both a US Olympic trials and Olympic developmental (pipeline) tournament. Unfortunately, the US withdrew from participation in the 1980 Summer Olympic in Moscow. In 1981, Rich was selected as a coach for the National Sports Festival Midwest team.

In addition to spending the last 5 years with East Side, Rich spent 5 years over two stints coaching at Northwestern University for their men’s club team and 4 years coaching at Niles West High School. He also was a referee in the state for many years.

Rich always brought passion and humor to the pool deck. He constantly pushed those around him to be better, myself included. When the East Side community gathered together to remember Coach Rich, many current and former athletes and parents shared stories of Rich’s great impact on them as athletes and humans. He will be dearly missed.

Please keep Rich’s family, friends and athletes in your thoughts as we process his loss over the course of the seasons to come. There will be a celebration of life held this summer.

Jimmy Heard 

Matt Farmer (Fenwick ’13) named to the USA Men’s 2022 FINA World League Super Final Roster

Matt Farmer (Windy City Water Polo / Fenwick ’13 / UCLA ’17) has been named to the USA Men’s 2022 FINA World League Super Final Roster.  Matt will travel to Strasbourg, France July 22-27 for the FINA World League Super Final. 

France vs USA | FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final 2022
Scheduled for Jul 22, 2022 1pm
Italy vs USA | FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final 2022
Scheduled for Jul 24, 2022 7am

More information can be found at:

Illinois Water Polo Player Raising Funds for ODP and National Team Pipeline Program

Illinois water polo player, Maya Mladjan (Lyons Township High School ’25 / East Side Water Polo), is fundraising for the Olympic Development Program and National Team Pipeline Program’s Cadet Team’s trip to Greece from August 1st – August 9th. There are three ways you can help Maya:

1. Donate here to her fundraiser:

2. Sign up for a USA Water Polo Golf Tournament. There are a lot of ways to support. When you check out, please mention Maya’s name, and she will get credit for your registration.

3. Share any of the above for her!

Illinois High School All Star Games & Age Group Clinic

An Age Group Clinic is being sponsored by Illinois Water Polo & Stevenson HS prior to the All-Star Games from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the Stevenson High School Aquatic Center.

Illinois High School All Star Games
HS Girls All Star Game at 12:15 (warm up at noon)
HS Boys All Star Game at 1:30 (warm up at 1:15)

Event INFO

David Perry Scholarship Fundraiser at O’Sullivan’s

The Dave Perry College Scholarship Fundraiser will again take place at O’Sullivan’s in Forest Park (7244 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130) on Saturday May 7th at 6pm.  This informal fundraiser is a great opportunity to help support the scholarship while catching up with water polo friends, families, and teammates!

Starting in 2013, the IWP Board of Directors is proud to announce The Dave Perry Scholarship in honor of legendary Coach Dave Perry. Annually IWP will award money per student athlete per year, as determined by the Selection Committee in support of athletes attending College and playing water polo.

The program is intended to assist those aspiring boy and girl water polo athletes to pursue their dreams in College while honoring the long and storied legacy of Coach Perry.
Applications are being accepted through May 15, 2022.

National State Challenge 2022 Chicago July 7-10

American Water Polo is excited to return to Chicago for the 2022 National State Challenge tournament.

Originally scheduled for 2020, they are happy to be back in the Windy City this Summer for a weekend of great water polo.

Fenwick High School and Portage Park will host the event on July 7th through July 10th

18U Boys and 18U Girls are guaranteed 5 games. If there is enough interest, a 14U Coed division will be created with 4 games guaranteed. Entry fee is $1000 per team for 18U division.

Winner in each 18U division will be awarded $1,000 prize.

$100 deposit is due by June 1st to secure your place in the tournament.

American Water Polo expects to have teams from all over Chicago and throughout the country.

If you have any questions please reach out to Damon Newman, [email protected].

Want to Become an IHSA Official?

If you’re interested in becoming an IHSA Official the first step is to register with the IHSA.

Go to –

Then click “Officials’ tab.

On the left hand side, click “How to Become a Licensed Official”

On the bottom, click “Start the process.

Once you are registered there are 3 steps left to completing your training.

1 – Attend the rules clinic.
Rules clinics are virtual and done via your computer. There will be in-person training clinic and continuous training as the season goes on, but the virtual rules clinic is required for first year officials or officials new to water polo.

Online Clinics :
February 19, 9-2 – Additional information will be posted on the IHSA site.

2 – View a rules meeting (comes available 2/15-3/22) on the IHSA Site.

3 – Pass the rules test (comes available 2/15-3/22) on the IHSA site.

Optionally you can also attend the Officials Training Tournament on February 20th at Sandburg at 12:00pm. This will provide you an opportunity to meet other officials and shadow experienced officials to learn the mechanics of officating water polo.

Contact Joe Kamper at [email protected] with any questions.

Illinois Water Polo 2022 Meetings

Illinois Water Polo Meetings:

Sunday, January 30 7:30pm
Sunday, March 13 7:30pm
Sunday, May 1 7:30pm
Sunday, June 26 7:30pm
Sunday, September 18 7:30pm [nominations for President and Secretary]
Sunday, December 4th 7:30pm [Elections – President and Secretary]

In order to take on a leadership role with Illinois Water Polo, you need to attend at least three meetings within the calendar year.

All meetings will be on zoom. Please email President Kyle Perry if you are interested in participating in IWP’s activities.

Club of Chicago Undefeated at the 2021 Dave Perry Classic

Dave Perry Classic Results:
9:00am Team Chicago 16 Outlaws 9
9:45am Club of Chicago 15 Windy City 7
10:30am Beached Whales 12 Brew City 6
11:15am Outlaws 13 DePaul 4
12:00pm Club of Chicago 12 Team Chicago 2
12:45pm Beached Whales 7 Apostles 15
1:30pm Outlaws 10 Brew City 8
2:15pm Windy City 11 Gators 10
3:00pm Apostles 19 DePaul 10
3:45pm Team Chicago 16 Brew City 11
4:30pm Gators 13 DePaul 7
5:15pm Club of Chicago 12 Apostles 9
6:00pm Windy City 9 Beached Whales 5
Final Records:
Club of Chicago 3-0
Windy City 2-1
Apostles 2-1
Team Chicago 2-1
Outlaws 2-1
Beached Whales 1-2
Glenbrook Gators 1-1
Brew City 0-3
DePaul 0-3
(Windy City Men’s team pictured)

2021 Dave Perry Classic

Entry fee will be $350 this year. Pool pricing has gone up considerably so this does not include any extra donation to the scholarship. Anything given over 350 will be considered a donation to the scholarship. Ideally if each team gives 375 we can still make a marginal donation this year.


We have all been off a while. Let’s have a good event where we can all be happily back in the water and playing the sport we love.


COVID rules: Masks everywhere for everyone all the time unless in the water.


6-8 Sports Chicago Clinic 10/30 & 10/31

Hello Coaches,


My name is Jimmy Heard and I am the Club Director and Head Coach for East Side Water Polo. In addition, I was recently appointed as the ODP Midwest Zone Girls Co-Head Coach alongside Miguel Figueras. Outside of my responsibilities to the local area, I also serve as the Director of Events & Sport Growth for 6-8 Sports


Co-founded by Maggie Steffens and Tony Azevedo, 6-8 Sports works to accelerate growth & exposure in water polo through a revolutionary development system that unites standardized metrics, live-game tracking & advanced data analytics (see more below under “The 6-8 System”).


I am excited to invite you and your athletes to attend a special 6-8 clinic in Chicago on October 30 & 31. The clinic sessions will include review of technical and tactical gameplay (pressure passing, driving, passing, shooting) and athletes will pass through the 6-8 Challenge skill assessment ( After the challenge, teams will be created for scrimmages based on the skill testing results and rankings. 


The clinic will be coached by Olympians and gold medalists Amanda Longan and Jamie Neushul along with Dani Jackovich, an Illinois native (Lincoln Way Central ’13), Stanford graduate/ professional athlete and Lead 6-8 Data Analyst. 


Before each pool session, the coaches will run a Q&A. Additionally, there will be a photo opportunity (with the Olympic gold medals from Tokyo) following each clinic.


Additional information and formal registration will be released next week, however I encourage you to save the date and share the opportunity with your student-athletes as soon as possible.


The 6-8 System

Our Coach Technology Seminars will allow you to learn more about how the 6-8 System can benefit your club and spur more effective long-term growth. 


The 6-8 system combines data collected from the 6-8 game desk and 6-8 Challenge to provide an accurate and cohesive analysis of an athlete’s strengths/ weaknesses, game IQ and overall performance.


Benefits for athletes/ parents:

  • Clearly understand strengths, weaknesses and overall performance

  • Access individual game results, statistics and analytics over time (mobile app)

  • Track progress & begin building college resumes with verified game statistics and skill test analytics


Benefits for coaches/ clubs:

  • Better understand your athletes and what specific areas they need to improve

  • Immediately see why you lost or won a game and how each athlete performed

  • Use the 6-8 standardized metrics and objective statistical reports to communicate with your athletes and parents about their progress, growth and potential

  • Create a collective dataset (footprint) of your club over time


Please check out the attached presentation for more details. 


Clinic Schedules:


14U Clinic 

Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

Saturday, October 30 

5:30pm – 7:30pm 



High School Clinic

FMC Natatorium, 275 Plaza Dr, Westmont, IL 60559

Sunday, October 31

Boys 9:00 am – noon

Girls 1:00 – 4:00 pm



6-8 Sports Coach Technology Seminar (An introduction to the 6-8 game desk, 6-8 mobile app and 6-8 Challenge)

Two sessions: 

Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

Saturday, October 30, 4:00pm – 5:00pm 


FMC Natatorium, 275 Plaza Dr, Westmont, IL 60559

Sunday, October 31, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions on what should be covered during the 14U and HS clinics.

All the best,

Jimmy Heard
6-8 Sports & Azevedo Water Polo 

AWP Coaches Clinic August 28th

AWP will be hosting a coach’s clinic on Saturday August 28th from 9am-2pm at Portage Park.  The clinic will be geared towards 14U age group skill development, building a successful club, practice structure, game tactics and much more.  The clinic will be a combination of in water practice demonstration and white board discussions.

All coaches are welcome to attend.  14U skill development is certainly transferable to the JV and Varsity level athletes.

We are excited to have Eric Gordon share his passion for water polo and his commitment to teaching. Eric is currently the head coach and program director, of Carolina Water Polo. Eric has over 20 years coaching experience.  A longtime head coach with San Diego Shores and The Bishop’s School, Eric led 14U, 16U, and 18U Boys’ teams and Girls’ teams to multiple National and High School (CIF) Championships.  Many athletes went on to compete at the nation’s top collegiate programs and others were selected for the U.S. National and Olympic teams.

  • 10 Time NATIONAL CHAMPION (San Diego Shores 14U, 16U, 18U Boys & Girls)
  • 17 Straight CIF CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES (Bishop’s Girls 1997 – 20013)
  • 6 Time PRESIDENT’S CUP WINNER – U.S.A. Water Polo’s Most Elite Club (San Diego Shores)
  • ELITE WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR – Pacific Southwest Zone – 2002


Please RSVP with the link below

Coach’s Clinic RSVP.  by August 25th

If you have any questions, please reach out to Damon Newman, [email protected]  


This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2021 IHSA Water Polo seasons.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting an illness at Water Polo practice and contests events.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may be modified.
Modified Season:
  • On January 27, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Water Polo seasons along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified boys and girls water polo season is as follows:
    • March 15 – Practice May Begin
    • After 7 days of practice – First Contest May be Held
    • May 29 – End of Season (with or without a state series)
  • Note: Avoid scheduling regular season games after May 17 in order to allow open dates for potential postseason events.
  • If your varsity water polo team has difficulty meeting the 6-contest IHSA By-law requirement due to circumstances surrounding the pandemic, you may contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson ([email protected]), to inquire about a waiver.
  • Currently, schools can compete against other schools within their region with respect to their COVID-19 regional status of Phase 4. In addition, schools may compete against non-conference opponents within a 30-mile radius of their facility and whose region is also in Phase 4. For further guidance refer to
  • Teams still must follow IHSA By-laws 5.160 and 5.330 Contest Limitations
General Requirements and Considerations:
  • All teams must adhere to the guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4.
Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.
  •  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.
  • Dual contests are most effective at maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators. Dual contests make it easier to space those in attendance to the appropriate social distancing. Contests must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play mitigations.
Multi-team Contests
  • If schools have scheduled larger meets than a dual, or invitational, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4.
  •  Per IDPH guidelines, competition is limited Phase 4 or Tier 1 mitigations. (See IDPH COVID EMS-Region Map link below in resources). 
  •  For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.
  • Practices are solely intra-team.
Requirements and Considerations for Game Managers and Officials. 
Pool Facilities:
  • Consider increasing water sanitation level, i.e., keep chlorine closer to 2.0 PPM.
Team Benches (2-2-1, 2-2-2, 4-2)
  • Teams should be seated on opposite sides of the pool and away from the officials’ table.
  • Suspend the protocol of teams changing ends. If possible, place team benches opposite the spectator seating.
  • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater between bench personnel.
  • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.
  • During time outs, players and coaches should maintain social distance.
  • To promote social distancing, substitute players may be in the water behind the goal line outside the re-entry area, at least 2 meters from the goal, provided this is possible on both ends of the field of play.
  • Head coaches shall sit or stand behind the goal line in the team area when the team is on defense and shall maintain 6 feet of distance from players and officials.
  • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.
  • During time outs, players and coaches should maintain social distance.
Pre-game Captains Meeting (2-5-2)
  • Decrease number of participants or hold one conference with officials and coaches and one meeting with officials and captains. The referee can use P.A. system or starting-system microphone to allow participants to hear but keep them properly separated.
Game Officials (3-1-1, 3-1-2, 3-14, 3-17, 3-18, 3-20, 3-21)
  • The officials include two referees, a scorekeeper, exclusion secretary, game timer and shot clock timer.

New Rules Clinic 3/6/21

Illinois Water Polo is excited to host a clinic regarding the new rules on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

This event will be tailored towards high school and club coaches. USA Water Polo Coach Education Coordinator and Boys Development National Team Coach Ian Davidson will be directing the clinic.

Join us on 3/6/21 from 10:00am – 1:00pm via Zoom.  Click HERE [] to register.

Zoom information will be sent out on the morning of the event to registered participants only.

Coaches, please forward this information to your assistants!

If you have questions please contact Kyle Perry at [email protected].

College Water Polo Virtual Meet and Greet Event Coming Up!

There is a college water polo Virtual Meet and Greet event over the weekends of January 16th/17th and January 23rd/24th, 2021 with the purpose of connecting high school water polo recruits with college coaches.

The Virtual Meet and Greet will consist of live, group video calls hosted by Division II and Division III coaches. Each participating college coach will conduct their own 30-minute calls. During the calls, coaches will talk about their schools and water polo programs, then take questions from the athletes. The sessions are interactive and a great way for aspiring athletes to get a feel for coaches and schools. The sessions can also be very beneficial for coaches to engage with athletes of interest. Athletes are welcome to attend any – or all – of the video calls.

We received very positive feedback on the benefits of the virtual event held in early August of 2020, and we are excited to do it again. For the upcoming event, we have lined up coaches from nearly 20 separate universities to participate and that number could grow. There is no charge for participation and this event is for athletes whose high school graduation year is 2022 or later.

POLOVOLO will provide the hosting for this event. Polovolo is a digital platform that provides athlete profiling and social networking tools specific to water polo to help keep everyone in your network, including coaches, up to date on your water polo, academic achievements, and other activities. You will have the option to create a profile on Polovolo for the Meet and Greet Event, but it will not be required to participate.

Here is the schedule of participating schools that have committed to conduct live group sessions so far:

Saturday, January 16th
11:00 AM Austin College
11:45 AM Penn State Behrend
12:30 PM Mercyhurst University
1:15 PM Salem University Women
2:45 PM University of Toronto
3:30 PM Salem Men
Sunday, January 17th
11:00 AM Connecticut
11:45 AM Gannon
12:30 PM Fresno Pacific
1:15 PM McKendree University
2:00 PM Grove City College
Saturday, January 23
11:00 AM Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
11:45 AM Carthage
12:30 PM University of La Verne
Sunday, January 24th
11:00 AM St. Andrews University, Scotland
11:45 AM Washington & Jefferson College
12:30 PM MIT
1:15 PM Westcliff
2:00 PM Redlands University

Interested athletes that would like to participate in the Virtual Meet and Greet can pre-register using this Google form. No need to commit to specific calls, pre-registration is just to help us get a read on interest from the athlete community. We will then follow up with additional sign-up information and instructions next week. We look forward to another great event and hope that you will join us. Thank you.

For more information please visit Water Polo Combine Page 

Illinois Water Polo 2021 Meetings

Illinois Water Polo will hold meetings throughout 2021 via zoom.  The next IWP meeting will be on Monday, January 11 at 7:30pm via zoom.  An email link will be sent out.  If you are interested in participating in this meeting, please email Kyle Perry at [email protected] or Elizabeth Timmons at [email protected].
Complete IWP Meeting Schedule:

Monday, January 11 7:30 pm

Monday, February 8:30 pm

Monday, March 15 7:30 pm

Monday, May 16 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 13 7:30 pm

Monday, September 20 7:30 pm

Monday, November 16 7:30 pm

Water Polo rule changes 2020-2022

Coaching opportunity from USA Water Polo

USA Water Polo is proud to announce the 2nd Annual COACH ACADEMY will be held Virtually this year.

Girls’ Academy – December 4th – 6th, 2020
Girls’ Coach Academy Registration
Boys’ Academy – December 11th – 13th, 2020
Boys’ Coach Academy Registration
Continuing to build upon our coaches education platform, the Virtual Coach Academy will provide coaches from around the United States with over 25 hours of Virtual interactions and classroom time. Participating coaches will receive a certificate of completion to provide to supervisors proof of professional development.

Topics of Focus: 
Effective Coaching,  Mental Health of Coaches, Creating a Culture of Excellence Professionalism of Coaching, Age-Group Coaching 12u, 14uPanel Discussion ,Linking Concepts, Art of Creating Drills, College Talk, Nutrition, Strength/Cond, Performance Psych, Analytics .

Registration for this event will be done through our online event portal, where all interested coaches can register their interest for free. Then our High Performance Staff will make selections and send invitations to selected coaches to register for the Coach Academy.

Coach Academy Registrations of Interest will be accepted through 11/6/2020
Coach Academy size is limited to 25 coaches per camp allocated by ODP Zone.

Registrations of Interest are free.

If selected Coach Academy – $100

For questions on Coach Academy feel free to contact our Coach Education Manager,
Drew Clute at email [email protected] 


Our apologies.

IWP is sorry for cutting the zoom call with USA Water Polo’s Matt Farmer short this afternoon.  We apologize for the interruptions and disruptive behavior of some of the participants.  We appreciate Matt’s professionalism and all those active, respectful, and interested participants, but as we were unable to fully curb a few unruly participants, the meeting had to be ended earlier than we had hoped.  While we plan on having more zoom meetings in the future on a variety of topics, we will looking further into the technology and implementing much better controls for when we try this again.

Q&A with USA Water Polo’s Men’s National Team Member, Matt Farmer (Fenwick HS ’13 / UCLA ’17)

Illinois Water Polo is happy to announce that Matt Farmer (Fenwick HS ’13 / UCLA ’17) will be participating on a zoom meeting open to all interested Illinois Water Polo Fans 3:00pm Central Time on Monday, June 29.  Matt was the Illinois Player of the Year in 2013 and won three IHSA State Championships with Fenwick.  Following Fenwick, Matt attended UCLA and won three NCAA Championships.  Upon graduating from UCLA, Matt has continued to play water polo at the highest level in Australia, Italy, and Spain.  Currently, he is a member of the USA Men’s Senior National Team and is training for the Toyko Olympics.  Matt will speak briefly about his water polo experience over the years as well as answer any questions that the audience may have.

Hope to see you there!

Time – 3:00pm Central Time on Monday, June 29

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Education Programs for New Coaches and NCAA Eligibility & Recruiting

On February 23rd and February 24th Naperville Central will be hosting education programs.


February 23rd will be a New Coach Orientation.  For additional information see our event posting –


February 24th will be an NCAA Eligibility & Recruiting session for all Coaches, Athletes, and Parent.  For full information see our event posting –


Questions about either event can be sent to Jeff Plackett – [email protected]

2020 Illinois Water Polo Meetings

Illinois Water Polo will meet on Sunday, January 26 7pm, Sunday, March 8 7pm, Sunday, April 26 7pm, Sunday, September 13 7pm, and Sunday, November 15 7pm.  All meetings will take place in the Fenwick High School Library (505 Washington Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302).  Anyone interested in promoting water polo in Illinois is welcomed to attend.  In November, elections for the president, secretary, and two board of director positions will be up for election.  There are attendance requirements for nominations and voting privileges as stated in the IWP By-Laws.  Hope to see you at our next meeting!

Water Polo Coaching Clinic December 1st 2019

Water Polo Coaching Clinic December 1st 2019

Topic: Counter Attack Xs and Os

Speakers: Ashley Hill and Ryan Castle

Date: December 1st 2019

​Time: 10-12pm Lecture (Room 5044)
12-1pm Q&A lunch
1-3pm Pool Demo

Location: Stevenson High School

Cost: $30 (checks made out to Illinois Water Polo)

Ashley Hill
Current: Head Swimming and Diving Coach Cathedral High School Indianapolis Indiana
Math/English Teacher LSP Program
Assistant Program Director Stanford Water Polo Club
Coach Stanford Water Polo Club
USA Midwest Development Assistant Coach
20+ Years High School teaching/Coaching
10+ Years High School and club Administration

Ryan Castle
Current Carthage College HC
12 years at Division 1 (ASU, Hartwick, Michigan, Hawaii, Indiana)
Southwest Zone Head Coach 2008-2010
Kazakhstan National Team Head Coach 2011
New Zealand Video Coach 2009
South Africa Asst Coach 2002-2005
South Africa Youth Team Head Coach
10+ years High School coaching
10+ years Club coaching
Illinois Water Polo College Programs Liaison
Loves long walks on the beach and playing frisbee with his dogs.

Please RSVP for coaches clinic:

If you have any questions please email Rose Schiavone at [email protected]

For more information go to –


Join Illinois Water Polo players, family, and friends for an evening of fun at the Chicago Wolves hockey game on Saturday, November 30.  Everyone will be seated together in the same section and receive a free Chicago Wolves hat.  Each water polo player will also recieve a Chicago Wolves silicone swim cap!  The flyer here can be used to purchase tickets, or you can order tickets:

Fax: 847-724-1652
Phone: 847-832-1939
Illinois Water Polo looks forward to seeing you at the Wolves game next month!

USA Water Polo Men’s Olympic Coach coming to Chicago 10/5/19

This weekend Dejan Udovicic is running a clinic at Stevenson High School from 9-10:30 am on Saturday.  If you would like to observe from the stands feel free to come by at that time.

There will be a tournament for the Olympic Development Program at Conant, Stevenson, and Hoffman Estates High Schools.  Coaches from the Naitonal Team staff will be at each site throughout the weekend.  I am attaching a plan for what the clinic will cover as well as a schedule for the games all weekend.

College Recruiting Information Session 9/15 at Fenwick

College Night Fenwick 9.15.19

On Sunday, September 15, Fenwick High School will be the host site for a college water polo recruiting talk at 5:30pm in the Fenwick library.

Dan Sharadin, former Villanova water polo coach and current commissioner of the Collegiate Water Polo Association which oversees most of the water polo players on the east coast at the NCAA level and almost all of the water polo in the United States played at the collegiate club level, will be presenting.  This is a great opportunity for anyone thinking they might be interested in playing college water polo at any level in the future.

The maximum number of attendees will be capped at 70.  RSVP to [email protected] by 9/13/2019 or call 610-277-6787

Illinois Water Polo 2019 All-Sectional Team Announced

The Illinois Water Polo 2019 All-Sectional Teams by Sectional –

Buffalo Grove Girls

Buffalo Grove Boys

Conant (Hoffman Estates) Girls

Conant (Hoffman Estates) Boys

Fenwick (Oak Park) Girls

Fenwick (Oak Park) Boys

Glenbrook North (Northbrook) Girls

Glenbrook North (Northbrook) Boys

Lincoln Way West (New Lenox) Girls

Lincoln Way West (New Lenox) Boys

Lyons (LaGrange) Girls

Lyons (LaGrange) Boys

Neuqua Valley (Naperville) Girls

Neuqua Valley (Naperville) Boys

St. Ignatius (Chicago) Girls

St. Ignatius (Chicago) Boys

Illinois High School All Star Games & Age Group Clinic Sunday, June 2nd @Stevenson HS

Illinois High School All Star Games HS Girls All Star Game at 12:30 (warm up at noon) HS Boys All Star Game at 1:45 (warm up at 1:30)

An Age Group Clinic is being sponsored by Illinois Water Polo & Stevenson HS prior to the All Star Games from 9:30 to 12 pm noon at the Stevenson High School Aquatic Center.

• This clinic is for girls and boys in 8th grade and under (ages 6 to 14)

• All clinic participants can watch the All Star games

• Registration Link:

• Questions? Call or email

• Head Girls’ Water Polo Coach, Jeff Wimer at 847-8338767 [email protected]

• Head Boys’ Water Polo Coach, Sean Wimer at 847602-2273 [email protected]

Download the flyer here.

Illinois Water Polo 2019 All-State & Hall of Fame Banquet Sponsorship Opportunities

The annual Illinois All-State and Hall of Fame Banquet brings the Illinois Water Polo community together to celebrate the successes of the high school water polo athletes, coaches, and officials and the to honor those inducted into the Hall of Fame.  The banquet along with our ad book and Social Media Promotion opportunities for supporters raises funds to ensure Illinois Water Polo’s sustainability and to create opportunities for further growth of our great sport!  This is your opportunity to show support as well as market your organization or brand to a targeted audience of over 250 people at the banquet, annual traffic on our website is close to 10,000 unique users, and our twitter currently is followed by 720 individuals. All proceeds are dedicated to the promotion and development of the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the age group, high school, and masters levels by expanded competitive opportunities for Illinois Water Polo athletes through player, coaching, and officiating clinics, the Dave Perry College Scholarship, and the high school All-Start game.


Sponsorship Opportunities:


Name of Level Sponsorship Amount Benefits
Event Sponsor $5,000 •    One VIP reserved table (ten dinner tickets per table)

•    Name recognition on the front of program book and a 2 full page ad in program

•    Name recognition on signage at the event (provided by the sponsor)

•    Name recognition within evening slide show, evening announcements, event eblast, invitations, and flyers

•    Name recognition on the Illinois Water Polo website

•    Opportunity for product giveaway or brand presence at each table

Award Sponsor $1,250 Boys Award Sponsor

$1,250 Girls Award Sponsor

•    Four dinner tickets

•    Name recognition on signage at the event (provided by the sponsor)

•    Acknowledgement of sponsorship on award page in program and a full page ad in program

•    Name recognition within evening announcements, event eblast, invitations, and flyers

•    Name recognition on the Illinois Water Polo website

Printing Sponsor $1,000 •    Four dinner tickets

•    Acknowledgement of sponsorship on award page in program and a full page ad on back of program book

•    Name recognition on the Illinois Water Polo website

Banquet Table Sponsor $800 •    Ten dinner tickets and a reserved table.

•    Acknowledgement of sponsorship on award page in program book

•    Name recognition on the Illinois Water Polo website

Gold Sponsor $500 •    Four dinner tickets

•    Acknowledgement of sponsorship on award page in program book

•    Name recognition on the Illinois Water Polo website

•    Full page ad if requested.

Silver Sponsor $300 •    Two dinner tickets

•    Acknowledgement of sponsorship on award page in program book

•    Name recognition on the Illinois Water Polo website

•    Full page ad if requested

Bronze Sponsor $200 •    Two dinner tickets

•    Acknowledgement of sponsorship on award page in program book

•    Name recognition on the Illinois Water Polo website

•    One half page ad if requested

Full Page Ad / Team Page $150 •    One full page ad or team page in the program book
One Half Page Ad $100 •    One half page ad in program book

Download the 2019 Sponsorship Form Here

Apply for the Dave Perry College Scholarship today!

Starting in 2013, the IWP Board of Directors is proud to announce The Dave Perry Scholarship in honor of legendary Coach Dave Perry. Annually IWP will award money per student athlete per year, as determined by the Selection Committee in support of athletes attending College and playing water polo.
The program is intended to assist those aspiring boy and girl water polo athletes to pursue their dreams in College while honoring the long and storied legacy of Coach Perry.
For more information click here.

Dave Perry College Scholarship Awareness Week 3/18-3/24

his week, Illinois Water Polo and the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference are presenting the Dave Perry College Scholarship Awareness Week.

This is the only scholarship of its kind in Illinois.  Started in 2013, $18,000 has been given to twelve deserving students from ten different high schools who have attended ten different colleges or universities all around the United States.  If your team or parents are interested in making a donation, they can simply mail a check made out to Illinois Water Polo to:

Kyle Perry

505 Washington Blvd.

Oak Park, IL 60302

Previous winners:

2018 Award Winners:
Molly McGuire (Fenwick) – Indiana University
Jack Otto (Libertyville) – Bucknell University
2017 Award Winners:
Mason McQuet (New Trier) – University of California, Santa Barbara
Brett Hofer (Andrew) – Iona College
2016 Award Winners:
Claire Mueller (Mother McAuley) – St. Francis, Brooklyn
Allison Travetto (Stevenson) – Long Beach State University
2015 Award Winners:
Daniel Farmer (Fenwick) – Bucknell University
Caroline Wojtas (Palatine) – Virginia Military Institute
2014 Award Winners:
Zach Roper (Carl Sandburg) – Iona College
Tammy Stelnicki (St. Ignatius) – Arizona State University
2013 Award Winners:
Sarah Abbott (Mother McAuley) – Siena College
Taylor Bridgman (Naperville North) – Villanova University

IHSA Water Polo Season Starts Today!

Good luck to all the high school teams participating in the Illinois High School Association’s spring water polo season which starts today.


Competitions will begin on Monday, March 4, 2019.


The IHSA State Championship Tournament will be held at Stevenson High School on Thursday, May 16, Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Two Daves Tournament a success!

Perry Korbakis and John Hinkle , Eddie Prysatski , Victor Rarau led over 30 new officials during the 2019 Two Daves Tournament which serves as a training tournament for IHSA water polo officials.

The final standings were:
Co-Champions: Windy City Water Polo and Apostles
3rd Team Chicago
4th Beached Whales
5th Harper College
6th Gators
7th Outlaws
8th Hippos
9th ChiPolo

Women’s Division:
1. Wildcats
2. Lindenwood
3. Windy City Water Polo (pictured above)

If you are interested in becoming an official, please contact Perry Korbakis at [email protected].

2018 Illinois Water Polo Year in Review

2018 Illinois Water Polo Year in Review, compiled by Beto Garcia (Vice-President) and Kyle Perry (President)

USA Water Polo’s Yearly Awards:

Bill Barnett Distinguished Coaching Award – Tim Daniel, Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club

Brent Bolander Distinguished Coaching Award – Dough Eichstaedt, Lyons AC

Bryan Weaver Male Masters Athlete of the Year Award – Gerrit Adams, Windy City Water Polo

Jody Campbell Sportmanship Award: Uriel Galarza (Chicago Park District), Joe Jeness (Northern Illinois Polo Club)

Maureen O’Toole Sportsmanship Award: Kelsey Wessel (West Suburban), Susan Palmentera-Reid (Chicago Park District)


Illinois Water Polo Awards:

Phil Stelnicki Award – Bill Dolehide

The Mike Murphy Award – Rob Lindgren

Boys Coach of the Year – Bill Salentine, Naperville Central

Girls Coach of the Year – Jeff Wimer, Stevenson

Hall of Fame Inductee – Jeff Plackett, Ray Zeason, and John B. Murphy

Boys Player of the Year – Victor Perez, Lyons Township

Girls Player of the Year – Claire Haas, Stevenson

Boys Senior Scholastic Award – Brendan Chang, Glenbrook South

Girls Senior Scholastic Award – Eileen Hoang, Stevenson

Dave Perry College Scholarship – Molly McGuire (Fenwick) – Indiana University and Jack Otto (Libertyville) – Bucknell University


National Federation of High School Associations Coach of the Year:

Timothy Daniel, Conant

Amy Martello, Lane Tech


Club Tournaments:

2018 USA Water Polo Junior Olympic:

12&Under Girls: Chicago Park District (27)

14&Under Girls: Chicago Park District (33)

16&Under Girls: Northern Illinois Polo Club (47)

18&Under Girls: Northern Illinois Polo Club (43), Chicago Park District 79

14&Under Boys: Chicago Park District (36), Lyons AC (48)

16&Under Boys: Chicago Park District (39), West Suburban (47), Northern Illinois Polo Club (70), Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club ( 118)

18&Under Boys: Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club (43), West Suburban (91), Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club Blue (96)

2018 USA Water Polo Champions Cup:

14&Under Girls: West Suburban (11), Chicago Park District (12)

14&Under Boys: Chicago Park District (11), Northern Illinois Polo Club (12)

American Water Polo National State Challenge:

High School Boys: 1st Chicago Park District, 2nd Windy City Water Polo

High School Girls: 1st Windy City Water Polo


Club Leagues:

American Water Polo 14&Under Summer League: 1st Team Chicago, 2nd Chicago Park District Girls, 3rd Chicago Park District Boys

American Water Polo 12&Under Summer League: 1st Chicago Park District Green, 2nd Team Chicago, 3rd Chicago Park District White

American Water Polo 14&Under Fall League: 1st Lyons AC and Chicago Park District Boys

American Water Polo 12&Under Fall League: 1st Chicago Park District Green, 2nd Northern Illinois Polo Club, 3rd Chicago Park District White


Illinois High School Association Water Polo:

Sectional Winners: Buffalo Grove (Stevenson Boys and Girls), Glenbrook South (Evanston Boys and Loyola Girls), Lincoln-Way East (Lincoln-Way East Boys and Girls), Lyons Township (Lyons Boys and Mother McAuley Girls), Metea Valley (Naperville Central Boys and Naperville North Girls), Schaumburg (Conant Boys and Girls), St. Ignatius (St. Ignatius Boys and Lane Tech Girls), York (Fenwick Boys and Girls)

IHSA State Championship Tournament:

Boys – 1st Naperville Central, 2nd Fenwick, 3rd Lyons, 4th Conant

Girls – 1st Stevenson, 2nd Fenwick, 3rd Naperville North, 4th Loyola


Illinois Water Polo Events:

Coaching Clinic at Arlington Park Race Track

IHSA Officials training at Fenwick

Age Group Water Polo Clinic at Stevenson in conjunction with the All-State All-Star Game at Stevenson

All-State Banquet and Hall of Fame Dinner

Good turnout for the officials training clinic

There was a large turnout for the January Official Clinic.  Officials reviewed 2019’s Rule changes. Speakers covered mentoring and the nuances of women’s water polo, specifically suit grabbing.

New officials reviewed whistle technique and points of emphasis for their first year officiating water polo.

The level two clinic reviewed video showing correct application of the rules in the 2018 State Tournament’s game situations.


IWP College Recruiting 101

Illinois Water Polo will be holding a college water polo “recruiting 101” session on Monday, January 28th @ 7pm in the Naperville Central Learning Commons. All athletes, coaches, and parents are invited to attend. Our target audience is probably sophomores and juniors, but there’s still time for seniors who have still not made a firm decision about their next step.

This free seminar is designed to introduce members of the Illinois Water Polo community to the basics of the college process: registering with the NCAA, your high school coach’s role in the process, contacting college coaches, scholarship myths & realities, varsity vs. club, etc. This is strictly informative; this is not a recruiting service, there’s no sales pitch, and no cost.

Naperville Central High School

440 W. Aurora Ave


Enter school at Door 1 on Aurora Ave, not the pool entrance. There will be signs inside the main entrance directing you to the Learning Commons.

We’ll absolutely take drop-ins, but it would be helpful for planning purposes if some attendees would pre-register.

2019 Illinois Water Polo Meeting Schedule

Illinois Water Polo will hold five meetings in 2019 on the following dates: January 13, March 10, April 14, September 15 and November 17.

All are on Sundays at 7 PM at Fenwick High School library.​

Anyone interested in helping grow water polo in Illinois is encouraged to attend.

Alumni Water Polo Camp comes to Illinois 1/12/19 and 1/13/19

2019 Alumni Water Polo Club Champions Camps By Windy City Water Polo Club

Windy City Water Polo (Oak Park, IL) and Alumni Water Polo (Granite Bay CA) will be hosting a water polo clinic at Fenwick High School for high school boys and girls as well as age group boys and girls on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13. Athletes can register for one or two days. Alumni Water Polo has come to Illinois three out of the last four years to run camps using Fenwick as the host site, and they have always done a great job. In the past, Br. Rice graduate, Joey Franz, has participated as a clinician. Franz, a former goalie for the University of the Pacific water polo team competes with the Alumni Water Polo team in California. There will be six clinicians here this year. Each as NCAA or National Team experience!

Camp registration information can also be found at:

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:


Please sign up for the clinic:


for questions please contact Rose Wimer at [email protected]


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, [email protected], 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 2018 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

Stevenson Water Polo and Stevenson High School will be offering a WATER POLO COACHES “Lunch and Learn” this year at the IHSA State Tournament.

Time: 2pm-3pm
Date: Saturday, May 19th
Location: Stevenson High School, Room 7066/68
Cost: Free
This will be a round table question and answer session with current college coaches, including coaches from Indiana University, Carthage College, California Lutheran University and more.
Lunch will be provided.
Please sign up to let us know you are coming, so we can order enough food!
Please contract Rose Wimer, [email protected] with any questions.

Illinois Water Polo morns the loss of Billy Dolehide and Mark Rebora

Billy Dolehide



Long time player and official, Billy Dolehide tragically passed away last week.  Billy played water polo at Br. Rice and then the University of Illinois.  He also played with various parks in the Chicago Park District league, most recently Fernwood.  As a masters athlete, he competed with the Apostles, the Outlaws, Riverside-Brookfield, and just about any other team that needed a guy!  On the deck, Billy was an Illinois High School Association official for seventeen years.  He also officiated many years prior to the sport of water polo being sanctioned by the IHSA in 2002.  As an IHSA official, Billy worked eight state tournaments.  Billy is survived by his loving wife, Terri Dolehide, and his three children, Shannon, Logan, and Morgan.  If you would like to support the Dolehide family, you can visit their gofund me page at: or purchase a t-shirt from which all proceeds will be donated directly to the family at:


Bill Dolehide (left) was “always smiling and being nice to people,” according to his wife, Terri. (Terri Dolehide)

Mark Rebora


On March 17th, long time boys’ water polo coach at Glenbrook North, Mark Rebora, suffered a heart attack while out for a morning bike ride and passed away.

Mark, a 1978 Loyola Academy Alum, taught Physical Education at Glenbrook North in addition to coaching football, wrestling, and water polo.  He had been the water polo coach at Glenbrook North since 2000.  Rebora was an active athlete himself and was named to Loyola Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievement as a wrestler in 2003.  Mark is survived by his wife Christine and his son’s Cole and Caid.

A celebration of Mark’s life has been planned for April 15th, 2018.  Details can be found here – Rebora – Celebration of Life

More information on Mark’s life is available at

The Rebora Memorial fund has been established to benefit student athletes at Glenbrook North High School:

Apostles go 4-0 to win the Two Daves Water Polo Tournament.

Despite some weather related issues, nine men’s teams and two women’s teams participated in the 18th annual ‘Officials’ Water Polo Tournament, dedicated in memory of Dave Madej and Dave Perry this past weekend.  The Apostles went 4-0 to earn the tournament title defeating Illinois State University, Hippos, Team Chicago, and, finally, Windy City Water Polo in the championship game.  This marks the second straight year that the Apostles have won this event.  One the women’s side, Carthage College and Wildcats split their two games, each winning one.

Final Results:

Saturday, February 10

Wildcats 10 Carthage 7

Apostles 21 Hippos 6

GB Gators 5 Harper College 10

Outlaws 11 Windy City Water Polo 20

Carthage 9 Wildcats 7

Team Chicago 11 Harper College 6

Beached Whales 18 Outlaws 9

ISU 8 Hippos 10

GB Gators 8 Team Chicago 7

Beached Whales 10 Windy City Water Polo 14

Sunday, February 11

Apostles 17 ISU 3

Outlaws 19 Gators 11

Whales 15 Harper 10

Windy City Water Polo 12 Team Chicago 11

ISU 11 Gators 9

Hippos 4 Harper 13

Apostles 16 Team Chicago 3

ISU 9 Outlaws 13

Beached Whales 12 Hippos 11

Apostles 15 Windy City Water Polo 2

Final Standings:

1. Apostles 4-0

2. Windy City Water Polo 3-1

3. Team Chicago 1-3

4. Beached Whales 3-1

5. Hippos 2-2

6. Harper College 2-2

7. Outlaws 2-2

8. ISU 1-3

9. Gators 1-3

2018 Illinois Water Polo Meeting Schedule

Illinois Water Polo has announced its 2018 meeting schedule.  All meetings are held at Fenwick High School (505 Washington Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302).  Five meetings will be held throughout the year on the following dates:

All interested in Illinois water polo are encouraged to attend.

o Monday, January 22 – 7pm
o Sunday, March 11 – 7pm (focus on the banquet and summer leagues)
o Sunday, April 22 – 7pm
o Monday, September 10 – 7pm (summer league wrap-up)
o Monday, November 12 – 7pm (elections)

Pre-Season Water Polo Coaching Clinic

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Speaker: Ashley Hill
Ashley is currently the head boys and girls swim coach at Cathedral Catholic High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Most recently she has been coaching boys water polo at the 12u, 14u, and 16u levels for Stanford Water Polo Club.  For the past 15 years she has been coaching and teaching at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, CA; where she was the assistant boys water polo coach, Head Girls Basketball coach, and assistant boys and girls varsity swim coach.    Ashley is in her 19th year as a highschool teacher and her 24th year as a coach.  Her passion lies in teaching and coaching young athletes to be leaders both in sports and in life.
Open to all coaches
Topics will include: planning a season/practice, drills, skills and of course x’s and o’s
Where: Stevenson High School, Room 7096
Time: 12:30-5pm
Cost: $30
***proceeds will go toward one of our local masters teams and the Dave Perry College Scholarship Fund
Or email:
Rose Wimer at [email protected]
Check can be made payable to Illinois Water Polo (IWP).
There will be a coaches social to follow, location to be announced.
Illinois Water Polo is also planning an additional coaching clinic the first weekend of March for anyone unable to attend this January clinic.  More details to come.

Club of Chicago goes undefeated to win the 2017 Dave Perry Classic

The Club of Chicago team went 4-0 to win the 2017 Dave Perry Classic held at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL.  The team defeated the Chicago Park District 15-5, Windy City Water Polo 11-10, the Apostles 10-6, and Team Chicago 17-8.  The Apostles and Windy City both finished with 3-1 records.  Additionally, $500 were raised to help fund Illinois Water Polo’s Dave Perry College Scholarship.  For more information on the scholarship, check out the scholarship page.

Final results and tournament scores:

Club of Chicago 4-0

Apostles 3-1

Windy City Water Polo 3-1

Glenbrook Gators 2-2

Harper 2-2

Outlaws 2-2

Squirrels & Bears 2-2

Team Chicago 2-2

Beached Whales 1-3

Chicago Park District 1-3

Hippos 0-4

2017 Dave Perry Classic RESULTS

Alumni Water Polo Camp returns to Illinois

Windy City Water Polo and Alumni Water Polo are proud to announce the return of the Alumni Water Polo camp to Illinois this November.  This two day camp will be held on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 at Fenwick High School (505 Washington Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60302).  This year’s camp is open to all players, boys and girls, 13 years of age and older.  More information can be found at:

Download Flyer

Mid West Zone Identification Tournament

Mid West Zone Identification Tournament

October 6-8, 2017

Stevenson High School

Chicago, Illinois

USA Water Polo and the Mid West Zone are proud to announce our 2nd annual zone tournament.  This tournament provides high-level competition for male athletes in the zone as well as exposure to the National Team Coaches.  There will be 2 divisions for the tournament listed below.

Boys 18 and Under:  12 teams including “free agent” team of athletes not associated with a club

Identification of male athletes born in 2000-2002

Boys 14 and under :  12 teams including “free agent”( team of athletes not associated with a club) This will also serve as the qualifier for Champions Cub

Identification of male athletes born in 2003 or younger

Coaches Clinic Integrated into the weekend with National Team Coaches in attendance

Space is Limited for these tournaments.  Please contact Tim Daniel to secure a spot for your team or Free Agents.

Cost per team:  $500

Cost for free agents:  $100

Tim Daniel – [email protected]  P: 847-208-3428

Mid West Zone ODP Identification Tournament

Register for Jane’s Warrior 5K Run and Walk TODAY

In 2014, the Sandburg community and the swimming and water polo community lost a true champion in Coach Jane Caliendo.  Register today to support the Jane Caliendo Memorial Foundation to continue Jane’s legacy with scholarships to graduating students from St. Michael’s School and Sandburg High School.

More information is available on their Facebook page, and the web page

National State Challenge Comes to Chicago on July 13-16

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — There will be plenty lot of people taking to the pool in July in the Windy City as the American Water Polo National State Challenge comes to Chicago, Ill. on ThursdaySunday, July 13-16, at Fenwick High School and Portage Park.  Membership Director of American Water Polo Damon Newman offered these words about the host city. “We are excited to host the 2017 National State Challenge in Chicago. Chicago is a world class city with a deep history of water polo excellence.”  Established in 2008, the tournament takes to the road to be hosted for the first time in the Midwest after a three-year stint in Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania.  One of the premier events of the year for both men and women, as many college coaches and scouts will be attending the tournament.  This year’s 18U men’s and women’s teams in addition to competing for attention will also be vying for the $1,000 prize for the winners after their five-game tournament.  The home state will be heavily featured as in both the men’s, women’s and the U14 coed division are all boasting several teams from not just the state but the city as well.  Windy City Water Polo has teamed up with Athletico Physical Therapy and American Water Polo to bring the event to the Midwest. Newman again lauded the host locations.

“We are thrilled to have the tournament played at the Chicago Parks Portage Park Pool, an institution of outdoor water polo in this great city. Perennial water polo powerhouse Fenwick High School will host games in their all deep facility.”  The schedule for the tournament is available at

Lively Water Bottle Official Sponsor of IWP

Lively Water Bottle, an industry leader in personalized sports water bottles, has joined Illinois Water Polo as official sponsor and sports water bottle supplier through 2020. As part of the agreement, Lively Water Bottle will provide exclusive discounts to Illinois Water Polo members, make contributions to Illinois Water Polo equal to 20% of purchases by IWP members, and provide advisory and graphic design assistance. Members can access the 10% individual discount by visiting and using the code IWPOLO at checkout. The website has design tools that allow you to select from many backgrounds and add your logo and picture and name. Lively bottle will also offer 20% team discounts – contact [email protected]. Lively Bottle will help you create personalized sports water bottles using your logo and team roster.
“We’re incredibly excited to be partnered with Illinois Water Polo”, said Gary Radville. Lively Water Bottle is owned by Gary and Lisa Radville of La Grange Park, IL. Gary is a member of the 1986 inaugural class of the Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame a former co-captain of Loyola University teams that competed in three NCAA championships, and also a coach of four Brother Rice HS state championship teams. “Water polo is a demanding sport that requires continuous hydration. Our personalized sports water bottles make hydration fun – we help design team bottles that can be personalized so they’re never lost.”
“Illinois Water Polo is very much looking forward to this partnership with Lively Water Bottle,” Illinois Water Polo President Kyle Perry stated. “We support hydration and the environment, and Lively Water Bottle is a perfect product for our teams. We also are excited to be working with Gary Radville, an inaugural member of the Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame.”
About Lively Bottle
Lively Bottle is a leader in sports water bottles. Lively Bottles are locally-owned and produced, are reusable, dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, offer 8 cool lid colors, and are made in USA, which makes them environmentally-friendly. We require no minimum order quantity for orders placed on our website, and offer discounts to IWP members for individual and team orders. Our personalized sports water bottles are shipped in about a week, and delivery is always free.
About Illinois Water Polo
Illinois Water Polo (IWP) provides direction and growth to the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the player, coach, official, club, high school, and collegiate levels. IWP works in conjunction with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) to support the spring IHSA Boys State Finals and IHSA Girls State Finals. We are committed to the development of the sport throughout the state of Illinois.

Thank You 2017 All-State Banquet Sponsors!

Illinois Water Polo would like to thank the 2017 All-State Banquet Sponsors for their generosity and their continued support of IWP’s mission. This year’s Gold Sponsor were Stevenson High School and the Martino Family. Silver Sponsors included Chicago Apostles, John’s Hot Dogs, Lakeview Environmental, Homewood-Flossmoor Swim Club, Forest Park National Bank, Northern Illinois Polo Club, and Lyons Aquatics. Bronze Sponsors were Fenwick High School and Windy City Water Polo. We’d also like to thank our in-kind supporters, Classic Design Awards, Inc., Liberty Creative Solutions, and Lively Bottles.

Interesting in helping Illinois Water Polo continue to provide direction and growth of the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the player, coach, club, and high school level? Donations are welcome throughout the year, and ads for the All-State banquet ad-book as well as All-State Banquet sponsorship opportunities will be available in early 2018. Visit our fundraising page ( for more information on how to help.

2017 IWP All-State Banquet Sponsorship Information

Please download this year’s 2017 Illinois Water Polo All-State Banquet Sponsorship form [link].  This is a great way to honor those that make an All-Sectional Team, All-State Team, are named Player of the Year, earn the Senior Scholastic Award, earn the Phil Stelnicki Award, or are inducted into the IWP Hall of Fame.  In addition, this is a great chance to purchase an ad for the ad-book to promote one’s business.  Deadline for ads in the ad-book is MondayMay 22, 2017.

Thanks for your support!

Dave Perry Scholarship Fundraiser May 6th @ Fenwick High School

British designer India Hicks’ line of affordable luxury jewelry, handbags, beauty and accessories products will be on display during Saturday, May 6th’s water polo matches at Fenwick High School.

20% of all sales donated to the Dave Perry College Scholarship

Download the Flyer here

Immediately following the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference Championship 5pm boys’ water polo game, friends, coaches, officials are all invited to celebrate the end of the IHSA Water Polo regular season at O’Sullivan’s Public House (7244 Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130).  There will be IWP representatives collecting any donations for the Dave Perry College Scholarship.  This scholarship is the only of its kind in Illinois and is intended to assist those aspiring boy and girl water polo athletes to pursue their dreams in college while honoring the long and storied legacy of Coach Perry.  For more information on the scholarship, please visit:

IWP By-Laws Meeting Sunday April 30th, 7 pm

Illinois Water Polo is looking for all interested players, coaches, fans, and officials of water polo to consider becoming involved in IWP as the organization looks to restructure the by-laws so as to better help grow and develop water polo in Illinois. Our next meeting is Sunday, April 30th at 7pm in the Fenwick library. We will be creating a team to investigate the by-laws and make needed changes to ensure that Illinois Water Polo is set up in the best way to continue to provide direction and growth of the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the player, coach, club, and high school level. Any interested players, coaches, fans, and officials of water polo are encouraged to attend this Sunday’s meeting.

IWP’s Dave Perry College Scholarship Awareness Week

This week, Illinois Water Polo and the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference are trying to raise awareness for the Illinois Water Polo Dave Perry College Scholarship.  This scholarship is for athletes graduating from high school and planning on participating in Division I water polo in college.  This is the only scholarship of its kind in Illinois.  Since 2013, eight student athletes from eight different high schools (who all went to eight different colleges and universities to study and play water polo) have been awarded the $1500 scholarship.  This year, IWP will again be providing two $1500 scholarships.  Illinois Water Polo is proud to sponsor this scholarship as a way to help Illinois athletes achieve their dreams of playing water polo in college as well as honoring the legacy of Dave Perry.

Click here to download this year’s flyer for the Dave Perry Scholarship Awareness Week.

 To learn more about the Dave Perry Scholarship and how to apply please visit the Dave Perry Scholarship Page.

Illinois Coaches and Official Honored by USA Water Polo

Two Illinois coaches and one official were recently honored by USA Water Polo ( as 2016 Midwest Zone Award winners.  On the coaching side, Doug Eichstaedt (Lyons Township High School boys’ water polo, USA Water Polo Midwest girls’ Olympic Development Program, and Lyons Water Polo club) earned the Doc Hunkler Distinguished Coaching Award, while Beto Garcia (IWP Vice-President, De La Salle High School boys’ water polo, and Chicago Park District Water Polo club) earned the Ted Newland Distinguished Coaching award.  On the officiating side, Nicole Lum earned the Aaron Chaney Distinguished Referee Award.  Congratulations to these Illinois award recipients.
For more information about USAWP or the Zone Award winners, please visit:

Apostles win the 2017 Officials Training Tournament

The Chicago Apostles went 3-0-1 to capture the men’s tournament title at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL this past weekend.  In the opening round, the Apostles defeated both the Glenbrook Gators and the Hippos (Madison, WI).  In the Championship round, the Apostles defeated Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO) and tied Windy City Water Polo (Oak Park, IL).  Lindenwood finished second going 3-1 while Windy City Water Polo finished third with a 2-1-1 record.


The women’s division was won by WWOC who went undefeated over the weekend.  The rest of the women’s division consisted of Windy City Water Polo, Carthage College, Michigan State University A, Michigan State University B, and CWWP.

Four Illinois Girls’ Club Teams Participate in Florida Tournament

Four Illinois girls’ 18 and under teams, Lyons, NIPCS, TOPS, and West Suburban competed against eleven teams from Florida and one team from Michigan in the 2017 SEP Winter Open Championship Tournament held January 13-15 in Altemonte Springs, Florida.  Each team played 4 games, and all Illinois teams played competitively in this USA Water Polo event.

IHSA Officials Classroom Clinics Dates Set

The IHSA 2017 Classroom Clinics dates and Tournament have been set.

New Officials are encouraged to attend the first clinic on Sunday Jan 29th, and required to attend the Officials Training Tournament, Feb 10th – 12th.

Anyone who is eligible for promotion should continue to take the steps needed to move to the next level.  An Information letter about promotion comes in your IHSA packet or you can find out more on the IHSA web site in the officials center .

IHSA Classroom Clinics :

Sunday Jan. 29 Level I & II , Fenwick High School 9-4 . Highly recommend this first clinic to all first year officials .
Sunday Feb. 26 Level 1 & II , Fenwick High School 9-4 .
Officials Training Tournament : Feb. 10 , 11 , and 12 all weekend at Fenwick High School

This is a hands on tournament very important to the training process and is mandatory for all first year officials.  New officials with questions can contact Perry, [email protected].

Club of Chicago wins the 2016 Dave Perry Classic

Club of Chicago went 4-0 to win the 2016 Dave Perry Classic, defeating the Glenbrook Gators, Windy City Water Polo, the Chicago Park District and, in the Championship Game, the Apostles.  The Apostles with a 3-1 record finished second.  Windy City (pictured below) finished third with a 2-2 record, defeating the Beached Whales and the Chicago Park District while falling to both Club of Chicago and the Apostles.

The Beached Whales want to thank all the teams that participated and look forward to hosting this tournament again next year!

Team Windy City

USA Water Polo’s Midwest ODP Tryouts Locations Announced

Conant High School will serve as the host pool for USA Water Polo’s Midwest boys’ ODP tryouts on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.


Lyons Tonwship South will serve as the host pool for USA Water Polo’s Midwest girls’ ODP tryouts on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11.


Alumni Water Polo Camp hosted by the Windy City at Fenwick High School 11/5-11/6

Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th @ Fenwick High School, 505 Washington Blvd., Oak Park, IL 60302
*      Saturday, November 5th 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
*      Sunday, November 6th 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – 2 x three hours (6 hours total)
*      Camp is for High School Boys
*      Run exclusively by several of the Alumni WPC’s top players including:
                        –      USA Senior National Team Athletes
                        –      NCAA National Champions
                        –      NCAA and JC All-Americans
*      Cost: Only $250 for two Days
–   Participants will be taught the highest level skills by Alumni WPC players both in and out of the water.
–   Position-specific training taught by Alumni WPC players who dominated college scene at their respective positions.
–   Alumni WPC will talk to parents and kids about what to do to use Water Polo to help get them into college.

ODP Boys Midwest Tournament Schedule Announced!

Midwest Zone Boys Tournament at Stevenson High School schedule has been announced and is available here.

All Illinois coaches are encouraged to attend the coaching clinic at Stevenson High School on Saturday, October 8 10:30-1:30pm

Thank You Martino Family!

Thank you to Rocco and Roxanne Martino for being the 2016 Illinois Water Polo All-State Banquet Printing Sponsor.  We greatly appreciate their generosity and wish their son, Thomas Martino (Fenwick ’16), good luck as he heads off to the University of Notre Dame this fall.

USA Water Polo Referee Certification School

The Midwest Zone will sponsor a Referee Certification School in conjunction with the Midwest Zone Junior Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.  If you have ever had an interest in officiating or wanted to learn more about how officials are trained, here is an great opportunity.  Players, parents, officials, fans, USWP members and USWP non-members are all welcome.  Details and registration info are listed below.  



USA Water Polo Referee Certification School

Hosted by the Midwest Zone

Earn Extra $$ Working in the Sport You Love!!


WHAT: USAWP Referee School

WHEN: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT, Saturday June 11, 2016

WHERE: Hoffman Estates High School

1100 W Higgins Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

COST: $5 for USAWP Members and $10 for Non-Members

(There will also be optional supplemental training available on Sunday, June 12 at Adlai Stevenson High School from 9 am – 1 PM CT)



The school will highlight current USA Water Polo Rules and interpretations, including modifications for younger age divisions, “You Make The Call” Exercises, and presentations by your local referee leadership in regard to training and evaluation opportunities in your zone.  We will also discuss the responsibility and accountability associated with being a Certified USA Water Polo Referee.

To register copy this link into your browser:

Boys 2016 All State Team

Boys 2016 All State Team


Name YR. # School
Shane Hughes SR 13 St. Ignatius
Andrew Shashin JR 21 Stevenson
Nick Walker SR 6 Naperville Central
Sam Szcepaniak SR 3 Lyons
Kent Emden FR 1 Naperville Central
Henry Yavitt JR 13 New Trier
George Lundgren SR 9 Lyons
Kyle Jackson SR 9 Naperville Central
Dan Maleski JR 2 Stevenson
Cole Jacobs JR 12 Naperville North


Name YR. # School
Joseph Gibson SR 2 St. Patrick
Bryan McNitt SR 14 Lincoln-Way East
Mike Ward SR 10 Mundelein
Tim Evely SR 9 York
Alex Nicholas SR 17 Fremd
Charlie Ryan SR 20 New Trier
Michael Considine SR 17 Loyola
Cristiano Tomassetti SR 19 Stevenson
Brian Johnson SR 1 Glenbrook South
Nick Rosenberger SR 1 Lyons


Name YR. # School
Nate Reiff SR 21 Wheeling
Jake Burke SR 1 Lincoln-Way Central
Tommy Martino SR 11 Fenwick
Phil Emden SR 2 Naperville Central
Alex Kapecki SR 5 Stevenson
Jack Roche SR 1 Naperville North
Peter Dales SR 6 Glenbrook South
Lawrence Cozzi SR 2 Oak Park-River Forest
Marty Blake JR 5 Sandburg
Robert DePau SR 6 Fremd


Name YR. # School
Luke Healy SR 13 Brother Rice
Jordan Jopes SR 4 York
Ethan Hamp JR 12 Von Steuben
Duncan McDonald SR 3 Whitney Young
Sam Enger SR 1 St. Ignatius
Dylan Assmann SR 21 Fremd
JonJon Pettinger JR 7 Naperville North
Mitch Gavars JR 12 Barrington
Andreas Christy JR 11 St. Ignatius
Collin Kapecki SO 10 Stevenson

Senior Scholastic: Michael Considine – Loyola

Player of the Year: Shane Hughes – St. Ignatius

Coach of the Year: Bill Salentine – Naperville Central

Girls 2016 All State Team

Girls 2016 All State Teams


Name YR. # School
Catie Wallace SR 16 Fenwick
Allison Travetto SR 8 Stevenson
Kaela Codo SR 2 Naperville Central
Kelly Frumkin JR 17 Fenwick
Diana Fernandez SR 3 St. Ignatius
Lauren Burns SR 1 Stevenson
Jennifer Stelnicki SR 1 St. Ignatius
Claire Haas SO 6 Stevenson
Claire Mueller SR 2 Mother McAuley
Genevieve Curry SR 5 Oak Park-River Forest


Name YR. # School

Lauren Barrett SR 4 New Trier
Emily Westlove JR 6 Naperville Central
Claire Voss SR 17 Loyola
Cassidy Degraff SR 16 Lincoln-Way North
Kaysie Stuba SO 3 Lyons
Eileen Hoang SO 13 Stevenson
Issi French SR 1, 21 Neuqua Valley
Sam Wooley SR 2 Conant
Stephania Lopez JR 5 St. Ignatius
Jillian Wickham SR 7 Fenwick


Name YR. # School
Jilly Cronin SR 9 Oak Park-River Forest
Katie Horn SR 10 Naperville North
Geena Peyton SR 1 Mother McAuley
Olivia Everhart SR 1 Evanston
Sarah Caywood JR 7 New Trier
Faith Vandercar SR 1 Naperville Central
Emma Jeronimus SR 1 Fremd
Nicole McCabe JR 15 Lincoln-Way East
Clare Lawlor SR 12 Sandburg
Julie Olivares SR 8 Mother McAuley


Name YR. # School
Grace Achepohl SR 2 York
Molly McGuire SO 2 Fenwick
Eryn Kulik SR 11 Fenwick
Jillian Schultz SO 9 Bremen (Coop)
Madie Janik SR 1A Lyons
Paulina Correa FR 6 Mother McAuley
Becca Schumm SR 3 Evanston
Betsy Zanocco JR 1,14 Rolling Meadows
Abby Olivieri SR 14 Lincoln-Way East
Caitlin Holzer SR 7 Naperville North

Senior Scholastic: Grace Achepohl – York

Player of the Year: Catie Wallace – Fenwick

Coach of the Year: Jack Wagner – Fenwick

Illinois High School All Star Games and Age Group Clinic

Illinois High School All Star Games & Age Group Clinic

Sunday, June 5th @Stevenson HS
Illinois High School All Star Games HS Girls All Star Game at 12:30 (warm up at noon)

HS Boys All Star Game at 2:00 (warm up at 1:30)
An Age Group Clinic is being sponsored by Illinois Water Polo & Stevenson HS prior to the All Star Games from 9:30 to 12 pm noon at the Stevenson High School Aquatic Center.
• This clinic is for girls and boys in 8th grade and under (ages 6 to 14)

• All clinic participants will get free admission into the All Star games

• Registration Link: •

• Cost will be $25 for the clinic • Cash or checks (made out to Stevenson H.S.)

• Questions? Call or email

• Head Girls’ Water Polo Coach, Jeff Wimer at 847-8338767 [email protected]

• Head Boys’ Water Polo Coach, Sean Wimer at 847602-2273 [email protected]

Download Event Flyer

2016 Chicago Water Polo Showcase

2016 Chicago Water Polo Showcase

Saturday, Jun. 18, 2016 (9:00 AM) – Sunday, Jun. 19, 2016 (3:00 PM)

Host: NWC Water Polo Club at Conant High School (700 E Cougar Trail Hoffman Estates, IL 60194)

The Chicago Water Polo Showcase is entering its 10th year of existence. The goal of the clinic is to introduce Midwest area athletes to the college-level instruction from current NCAA and National Team Coaches, while also educating athletes on what it takes to be recruited and successful at the college level. Athletes must be entering at minimum their 10th Grade year in high school and be prepared for rigorous college-level instruction. Athletes will receive position-specific training for: Goalies, Centers, Defenders, and Attackers. Athletes will also be given the opportunity to learn about the college recruiting process in a classroom setting and be evaluated by a diverse group of college coaches; including Divisions 1, 2, and 3.

Register at USAWP (All Membership levels accepted) and click on the link below to pay for the camp.
Cost: $225
​Staff: Camp Director: John Abdou – Former UCSB, Bucknell and National Team Coach
Coach Gavin Arroyo – Long Beach State & 2 X Olympian
Coach Marcelo Leonardi – University of Michigan
Coach John McBride – Bucknell University
* Past College representatives include: Brown, Pomona-Pitzer, Indiana, Cal Baptist, Monmouth, Connecticut College.
* All local high school and club coaches invited to attend and observe camp.

Saturday June 18, 2016
* Girls at Hoffman Estates High School and Boys at Conant High School
10:00-10:30 am – Registration
10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Skills & Drills
Lunch – Athletes on their own
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Training

Sunday June 19, 2016
* All Scrimmages at Conant High School
9:00 am – 11:30 am Girls Scrimmage
11:00 am – 1:30 pm Boys Scrimmage
College Water Polo Talk 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

NOTE: ​1). This camp is open to any and all entrants. The camp is designed to help facilitate the recruiting process for high school aged athletes in the Midwest. 2). Drugs, alchohol and smoking are strictly prohibited and constitute grounds for immediate dismissal from camp. 3). For your safety and benefit, we recommend that you choose a camp that fits your particular skills and level of development.

Registration link

Oldest living IWP Hall of Fame member, Ronald “Scotty” MacLagan, passes away at 96.

Illinois Water Polo is sad to announce the passing of Ronald “Scotty” MacLagan.  MacLagan was the oldest living Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame inductee.  He was inducted into the IWP Hall of Fame in 1993 along with Fred Springer and Wee Barry.
Ronald R. (Scotty) MacLagan, of Lombard, passed on January 31st; Born June 1919 in Lumphinnans, Scotland. Beloved husband of Marie. Loved son Ronald J. and daughter Ann. Preceded in death by wives Elaine and Evelyn. Grandchildren Ryan, Brent, Elizabeth, and Andrew. Great grandchildren Jack, Amara, and Skye. He was an accomplished athlete, a US All-American, and on the Water Polo National Championship Team of 1947. Ronald also participated in the Pan American games in 1959 as an official and was part of organizing committee. He served in the Navy and was a WWII Veteran.
(Obituary published by Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 5, 2016.)

Chicago area hosts needed for 2016 USAWP Junior Olympic Qualification Tournament

In an effort to simplify the coordination and travel requirements for teams & officials participating in Junior Olympics, the Midwest Zone board of directors have approved a new approach for the zone qualifier tournaments:  Starting with Chicago in 2016, all age divisions competing in the JO Qualifier will travel to the same general market or “host market” over the same weekend.  The host market will make every effort to establish qualified competition pools that are as closely situated as possible so coaches, officials & parents can comfortably attend games in multiple age brackets and teams can benefit from simplified travel/hotel coordination.
The host market will rotate each year to another area within the zone.  At this time, the next few years are assigned as follows:
2016: Chicago area (June 10-12)
2017: Michigan
2018: St. Louis area
2019: Ohio
At this time, USAWP would like to start taking bids from clubs in the Chicago area for this summer’s JO Qualifier.  If you have an interest in hosting, please contact Miguel Miguel Figueras via email at [email protected] byFebruary 10th.

Illinois Teams at the 2016 SEP Winter Open Championships

Four Illinois girls 18 and under teams participated in the 2016 SEP Winter Open Championship Tournament held January 15-17 in Altemonte Springs, Floria. The teams were associated with the following clubs: Lyons, NIPC, TOPS, and West Sub.

Each team played 4 games. The results were as follows: NIPC-3rd place, Lyons-4th place, TOPS-9th place and West Sub-10th place.

Congratulations to all of the players and their coaches for the excellent results.