Following a heart-breaking loss to Hopkins in a play-in playoff game and a fifth place tournament finish last season, the girls water polo team looks to rebound with a championship win this year under the leadership of co-captains Kelly Powers ’11and Theresa Faller ’11.

“We lost a lot of seniors this year, who will be severely missed, both in and out of the pool, but we have a strong group of young returners who are looking to lead the team,” said Powers. The newcomers will supplement these young returners, replacing the six seniors who graduated, which included co-captains Taylor Clarke ’10 and Alanna Waldman ’10.

“We have a lot of newcomers this season most of whom are freshman swimmers and a few new lowers,” said Amelia Danovitch ’13. The team hopes that the newcomers will integrate nicely and provide support in many different areas and positions all over the pool.

Although the offensive attack lost power with the graduating seniors, this year’s defense remains strong with Powers replacing Clarke as goalie. Danovitch commented on the loss of seniors, saying, “This year’s success will have a lot to do with playing an offensively aggressive game because we lost a few of our top goal scorers from last season.”

The team hopes that the veteran players will fill the leadership roles on the team while the newcomers contribute consistently to make a successful season. Julia Smachlo ’13 confirmed this, saying, “We need to be able to play well as a team.”

Molly Levene ’12 and Julia Torabi ’12, both of whom played on the team since their freshman year, look to fill the void left by Kira Wyckoff ’11, last season’s top scorer. Despite losing this key offensive asset, the team feels confident about the returners, as Danovitch said, “Torabi is a fast swimmer, a good shooter and great at stealing the ball.”

The team will begin the season on April 9th with a doubleheader including a rematch of last year’s final game against Hopkins as well as a game against Loomis. The team’s then plays at home on April 14th against archrival Phillips Exeter.