We are incredibly excited to host Midwest Champs at our home pool this year! After months of tread wars, Satan drills, and Pepperdine 50’s, we are conditioned and ready for this weekend. Please see the attached schedule if you are planning to visit Rolfs to cheer on the Irish! If you cannot make it to South Bend, the CWPA is broadcasting games live from www.cwpatv.com for free. Once on the website, create a profile, and click on the game you want to watch. The broadcasting will start with Game #5 (Saturday at 4:10pm) and continue for the remainder of the tournament. So our first game will not be broadcasted, but all the other games will be!
Duf, Kelly, and Erica
We are now officially halfway through the 2019 season! With a large graduating class and a new mass of first years, the Irish have a promising future ahead for both this season and years to come. Competition started in February with our annual Irish Invite, where the team opened up with a big victory against Michigan State. Both Blue and Gold Teams fell to strong Michigan teams, but we bounced back well to defend our home pool against Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, and MSU B. The next weekend, we headed to Cincinnati for our first Midwest Qualifiers hosted by Miami of Ohio, where the Blue Team went 3-1 and the Gold Team went 2-1 against a mix of conference and Masters teams.
Then, a subset of the team flew out to California for our 2019 Spring Break Training Trip. Starting in San Diego, we scrimmaged SDSU on Monday night, and then we sang our way up the coast in the 12P to San Luis Obispo to practice and play our longtime friends at Cal Poly. Upon seeing the unfortunate fate of Margie’s Diner, we took a quick stop to pay our respects to Pancake Challenge champions of the past. We finished up the week up at Foothill College at their annual spring tournament. The rigorous training and difficult games helped toughen up our girls for the competition in our own conference. We would also like to send a HUGE thank you to the Uebelhor, Klein, Moriarty, Peterson, Shank and Freitag families for taking care of us and cheering us on throughout the week!
For our final bigs news, we would like to announce that Notre Dame will be hosting Nationals this year in South Bend! The team is extremely excited and honored to have this opportunity, and we are more motivated than ever to have an extraordinary season and make a splash in our home pool this May!
Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the season:
- March 30-31: Midwest Qualifiers hosted by Lindenwood in Saint Louis, MO
- April 13-14: Midwest Championship hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, IN
- May 3-5: CWPA National Championship hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, IN
Check back here or on Twitter for more updates soon!
Duf, Erica, and Kelly
As an end to pre-season workouts and serving as a good stress relieving activity before finals, the Notre Dame Women’s Club Water Polo Team held their annual Blue-Gold Game. This growing tradition has drawn many alums, parents and friends over to the Rolfs Aquatic Center to cheer on their friends in the pool. This year, captains Maddie Renezeder (Gold Team) and Colleen Fricke (Blue Team) had chosen teams each with their own unique sets of skills and strengths. In the end, Blue Team took the prize after a long hard fought battle, ending in the the score of 6 – 3. It was a close game and yet, it grants the Blue Team bragging rights for this season. The intersquad scrimmage served to show the promise that this year’s team has and highlights the competitive edge that will drive them to success. In all, it was a fantastic game. Many thanks to our coach, Brian Coughlin for his guidance and reffing as well as to the Notre Dame Men’s Water Polo Team for working the table and scoreboard.
Blue Team: Colleen Fricke, Danielle Butler, Mandi Sosnowski, Katie Vahl, Ann Iverson, Bella Smith, Kelly Fricke, Emily Dufner, Erica Evans, Olivia Cimo, Victoria Devine
Gold Team: Maddie Renezeder, Theresa Huber, Meghan Kosman, Andrea Solis, Katie Cullinan, Samantha Henze, Kelly Wentland, Nicole Degla, Kristin Cullinan, Amanda Moriarty, Molly Kress
Thank you for your continued support of the team and look forward to more information about our season in 2016!