Water polo phenom sophomore Matt Ryckman started for the East regional team for his age group in the boys national championship water polo tournament in March in California and has been selected to pay in the national Junior Olympics Championships in Irvine, California, in July.
A standout player and a generous teammate on the Loomis water polo team this fall, Ryckman came to Loomis with years of experience. For the last five years he has participated in the U.S. Water Polo Olympic Development Program, practicing and playing with some of the best youth water polo players in the country.
After an impressive showing at the Northast regional selection camp this fall, Matt was selected as a starter for the East Regional Championship in January in North Carolina and the National Championship Tournament in March in California.
As a member of the Loomis water polo team this fall, Ryckman earned All-New England honors as well as All-Tournament honors at the "Liquid Four" New England championship tournament, where Loomis was a finalist. He also was named the boys varsity team MVP for his ability not only to create goals and shut down opposing players on defense, but also to "earn his teammate's respect and trust and then extended himself to teach them the sport he loves," according to head coach Ed Pond.
Information about the Olympic Development Program, the regional selection camps, and the Junior Olympics can be found at the United States Water Polo webpage.