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USA men’s water polo team makes a splash at Webb

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With a powerful skip shot, Drew Holland stretches for the ball as it bounced into the net. Scored! The team was practicing 6 on 5 drills, a scenario in which the defense team is down a player from an ejection, after talking to the head coach, Dejan Udovicic, and assistant coach Gavin Arroyo.

 Swift strokes, coordinated passing, and aggressive defense — action filled the pool. 

On Wednesday, January 10th, the USA men’s national water polo team arrived at Webb’s campus for a day of training. Starting at the early hour of 7:30 a.m., the team treaded up gym hill for a morning yoga and stretching session in the Les Perry Gym. They later cruised through swim sets and pummeled through drills at the McCarthy Aquatics Center. 

“[The team’s] energy is very palpable,” said Sawyer Belville, science department faculty and head water polo coach. “It rubs off on people who watch. The main takeaway is watching how hard they worked and how much they wanted it. Also, their passes are amazing, so that’s one thing I really want [Webb’s water polo team] to get good at.” 

The team was borrowing Webb’s pool as the pool set aside for them these few weeks was being used by the women’s national water polo team for media day photos. In their last-minute search for a pool, Chris Bates, the team’s Sports Medicine Manager, asked Ms. Belville to borrow Webb’s pool. 

Though the turnaround was quick, the request was quickly approved, as both Ms. Belville and Steve Wishek, Director of Athletics and Afternoon Activities, thought that the team’s visit would be a great opportunity for Webbies to watch professional sports in action. 

Having to compete as one of the 13 sports in the Paris 2024 Olympics, the players give it their all every minute of practice— even though their practices usually last at least seven hours each day.  

Watching the USA team play was indeed an especially rewarding experience for Webbies who play water polo. 

“I’ve been playing water polo for a while now, so this was definitely 11-year-old me’s childhood dream of finally being able to see the big leagues practice, play together, and how that dynamic works in person,” said Izzy Kim (‘24), co-captain of the VWS water polo team. “It was as if [they were] moving as one unit.” 

Right after the national team left, the VWS water polo team secured a close win of 11-10 against Charter Oak, whom Webb had lost to with a large point difference last year. Perhaps the Olympian spirit has already rubbed off on Webbies. 

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Kathy Duan, Copy Editor
In both the classroom and at your local law firm, Kathy Duan (‘25) radiates an aura of unwavering positivity, always prepared to offer a listening ear or a supportive shoulder to those in need. Serving on the Honor Committee and contributing to the Webb Canyon Chronicle as a Copy Editor, Kathy showcases her dedication and dependability, readily addressing any questions from political theory and philosophy to the finer points of the Webb Canyon Chronicle’s style guide. During the summers of her sophomore and junior years, she immersed herself in an internship at a community law firm, deftly managing client communications. Beyond her legal pursuits, Kathy shines as a passionate debater, and is an integral part of the Webb debate team. Most notably, she founded a non-profit organization, Roundtable Debate Academy, that makes speech and debate classes more accessible. Apart from the newsroom, leadership, or debate, you may sometimes find Kathy at the pool practicing water polo with friends or in Fawcett Library researching the next big story in today’s political scene. As a passionate advocate for rectifying injustices around educational equality, Kathy dedicates herself to finding solutions constantly. The next time you walk by the Fawcett Library or take a nice stroll by Stockdale Center, be on the lookout for Kathy’s next big article! Favorite Song: "Passionfruit" by Drake
Jenny Tran, Public Editor
Whether it is popping on a new vinyl or traveling across the world, Jenny Tran (‘24) likes to immerse herself in the moment and explore the culture around her. You can find her hanging out with friends in the South Hutch common room or listening to various music genres at any place and time. Her favorite artists include Suboi, Keshi, Tyler the Creator, and Blackpink. Whether across the Pacific Ocean in California or in her hometown of Hanoi, Vietnam, Jenny is probably watching the radiant moon listening to Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean. At Webb, Jenny shines a light on women’s issues in different countries, Asian rights, and ESVI. As she moves into her third year on the Webb Canyon Chronicle, she hopes to continue advocating for her beliefs while exploring new mediums like poetry or photo galleries. As a Public Editor, Jenny also wants to bring more inventive and comedic ideas to the table. If you are ever in need of a good laugh, a music recommendation, or someone to go thrifting with, you should call Jenny Tran.  Favorite song: DO4LOVE by 52Hz & Willistic 
Emily Li, Chief of Media
Emily Li ('24) is not your usual iPad kid. You might see her using her tablet, but trust me: she isn't playing Roblox. She is a passionate artist who loves to create artwork on her iPad. Emily's favorite thing to draw is the people around her, focusing on experimenting with colors. She also enjoys dancing to popular K-pop stars IU and Mamamoo. Just like her top-notch dancing skills, she has a crazy tolerance for spicedo not be surprised when you see her empty bottle of sriracha. However, Emily's dynamic personality is not confined to her personal endeavors. As head peer advisor, she steps into a leadership role that suits her naturally empathetic and social nature. She finds joy in building bridges, fostering connections, and offering a sympathetic ear to those around her. One of Emily’s main goals this year is to give as much love as she can to the world. At the Webb canyon chronicle is to improve the diversity of articles and further refine the website after designing it. In a world where each stroke of her digital pen, every dance step, and all her interactions paint a picture of her vibrant self, Emily Li stands not only as a multitalented artist, leader, athlete and beacon of positivity, illuminating everything she touches with her unique and colorful perspective. 

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