Water polo at Loomis Chaffee dates back to the late-70's when Coach Bob Hartman created one of the first high school programs in New England. This co-ed team eventually split into girls and boys varsity programs in the mid 90's with both teams having consistent success in their respective leagues. The Pelican's won the New England Prep School Championship Tournament in 1994 and 1996, finished second in 1999, 2002, and 2003 and third in 2001. The program prides itself on taking athletes new to the sport and cultivating in them a passion for and sound understanding of the game. Loomis Chaffee Water Polo players have and are currently playing at all levels of collegiate water polo, including on programs at George Washington, Navy, Pomona, Occidental, Bucknell, Fordham, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Williams, Hamilton, Wesleyan, Bates and many others.
The Pelicans wrapped up the 2013 season with a 9-6 record and a birth (5th seed) in the NE Prep Championship Tournament, a tough defeat to eventual champions Andover in the quarterfinals ended the terrific season, but the program is certainly looking strong going forward. Senior captain Jeremy Bogle and junior Landon Thies earned “All League” honors for their exceptional play (Bogle was the leading individual scorer in the league). Looking ahead to the fall 2014 season, Loomis Boys Water Polo is anticipating another successful campaign. Led by returning starters, RJ Finlay and David Chen along with a solid core of varsity letter winners (Evan Vehslage, Taylor Roth, RJ Rochlin, David Marchena) the team is looking to once again compete with the best teams in the league in 2014. Building swimming speed and endurance, honing fundamental water polo skills and playing as a unified team will be the keys to realizing our goals.
The Pelicans are coached by Ed Pond and Fred Seebeck.