The Women’s Water Polo team has been one of the most successful teams at Bishop O’Dowd both athletically and academically. It has been a varsity sport since 1995, the first year the sport became an official North Coast Section (NCS) sponsored sport. The team has won 7 League Championships, appeared in the NCS Championships 7 times, won 4 NCS Scholastic Championship Team Awards and has produced 4 League MVPs and 1 All-American. The team is part of the Western Alameda County Conference which includes Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Lick Wilmerding, Piedmont and San Leandro.
Bishop O’Dowd fields two teams, Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV). Players can join the JV team without previous water polo experience. However, swimming skills are highly recommended. The varsity team is selected within the first two weeks of practice.
Water polo is a Fall sport. The season begins mid-August and runs until the beginning of November. Practices are held at Trefethen Aquatic Center at Mills College after school Monday thru Friday. Practice times vary by team. The varsity team usually participates in two-three Friday-Saturday tournaments. Players are expected to be at all practices and games throughout the season. Participation on the Bishop O’Dowd swim team in the Spring is also encouraged.
Each player must purchase a team water polo suit and team swim caps. A mouth guard is recommended but not required.
Dragons in College
Katie Rehberger, Azuza Pacific College
Miranda Sinsheimer – Villanova University
Samantha Mladjov – UC Santa Barbara
Katie Knutson – Marist College
Kelly Salamack – Siena College
Monica Hanson – UC San Diego, George Washington
Lisa Bender – UC Davis
Jenny Knutson – Santa Clara University
Whitney Sholl – Loyola Marymount
Shannon Pratt – Occidental College
Lizzie Ryan – UC Santa Cruz
Lucia Schmit – Cal Poly-Pomona
Emily Schmit – Indiana University