Students participate in water polo Friday nights from 8-10 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the John W. Hart building pool.
The sport of water polo is a mix of swimming, soccer, rugby and football. Team members are constantly treading water, passing, shooting and bumping.
“There is so much more going on inside the water than the spectators know about,” said Diana Rodriguez, a water polo game manager and a sophomore studying sports psychology. “In women’s water polo, there is a lot of scratching under the water. There is a lot of dirty playing under the water that nobody else sees.”
Kevin Martin, a junior studying mechanical engineering, is a water polo player and a women’s water polo coordinator at BYU-I. Martin said he has experienced physical contact during his water polo career at school.
“I broke three ribs last fall playing, got punched in the face three times during one game,” Martin said.
According to both Martin and Rodriguez, water polo is a very physical game with lots of rough play constantly going on throughout the match.
“It’s just such a fun and exciting game,” Rodriguez said. “There is so much to learn from it.”
There is still an opportunity to be a part of water polo on campus. The try-outs have passed, but Rodriguez said that if students have a desire to play, they can still come and participate.
Rodriguez became involved with water polo through watching her cousins compete.
“I’m sure that if you want to be in a team, they’d let you in,” Rodriguez said. “You’d just have to try out separately.”
Rodriguez said she thinks watching water polo, even though it does not get as much attention, is just as exciting as other, more popular sports.
“It’s like watching football to me,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez also said that just from watching the game you can experience a jolt of adrenaline unlike any other.
“It’s a good way to get involved,” Martin said. “We’ve got a lot of people that are busy, but still trying to be involved in playing, so it’s good to have people come out and watch and support them. It’s a lot of fun.”