by Justin Hoot
The girls water polo team started their season strong and with optimistic goals, with their first game marking the start of a four-game win streak.
Early on in the season, the team had doubts about their future success since they could not find a goalie. However, freshman Sara Baronsky stepped up to become the Dolphin’s goalie this year.
“The season is going much better than expected. We’re lucky that Sara Baronsky stepped up to the plate for the team,” said junior Molly Zuckerman.
Both Redondo Union and Peninsula High Schools are in Division 1 for water polo. On Nov. 30th, the Dolphins closely defeated the Peninsula Panthers 12-10. The Dolphins then proceeded to beat-down-city in Redondo Beach on the Dec. 1, gaining an 11-4 victory against the Sea Hawks.
The team won yet another game at Torrance on Dec. 8, winning 10-5. The match seemed nearly finished with a 4-0 lead established early. The competition escalated, leading to a final score of 10-5.
“We are doing well and going to do well,” said coach Will Didinger. “We went undefeated in league last year, and we only lost two starters. We are looking strong early in the year, and we have just got to be getting better and better.”
On Dec. 3 and 4, the Dolphins competed in a tournament in Newbury Park. The team crushed Calabasas in the first two games with scores of 10-3 and 14-1.
The Dolphins then lost the last three games, losing the fourth game 6-7 in overtime and the final game 5-8.
Despite these losses, the team expresses optimism towards the season’s future, having strong faith in their players’ capabilities. Seniors Dana Ayoob, Kari Ayoob and Sarah Lindstedt are the veterans.
“This year, we have three seniors that are pretty key to the program. We are only getting better and better because we have a good team that truly understands the game and what’s necessary for this competition,” said Didinger.
Furthermore, each individual player is consistently improving their game, working hard in practice to ensure victory.
“At first, I was awful, but I think I’m getting better,” said Baronsky. “I’m trying my best to help the team win games, and with the help of everyone, I know we can have a great season.”
“I think we should definitely close the season strong, because we have beat some of these teams since I came to Chadwick,” said Katie Fester.
Other Chadwick students also have faith in the girls water polo team, impressed with the team’s progress thus far in the season.
“I think the team has a lot of potential this year, and they will definitely win this year as well as in future years,” said sophomore Jack Kirkpatrick.