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.
Water Polo, Boys
2018 New England Tournament Finalists
2017 New England Tournament: Liquid Four
2016 New England Tournament: Liquid Four
2015 New England Tournament Quarterfinalists
Water polo at Loomis dates back to the late-1970'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 programs in the mid-1990s, with both teams having consistent success.
The Pelicans won New England Prep titles in 1994 and 1996; finished second in 1999, 2002, and 2003; and placed third in 2001. The program prides itself on cultivating a passion for and sound understanding of the game. Our alumni have played and are playing at all levels of collegiate water polo, from Division I to Division III. The team consistently competes with the best teams in the league. Building swimming speed and endurance, honing fundamental water polo skills, and playing as a unified team are the foundation of our experience and the keys to realizing our goals.
One of the interesting things about the boarding school environment is that most of the teachers also coach, and they bring their expertise from the classroom with them. Today we hear from swimming and water polo coach Ed Pond about how physics informs his coaching.
The Loomis Athletics Department hosted the annual Fall Varsity Awards ceremony on Sunday night, December 2. Friends and families, as well as the fall varsity teams and their coaches, gathered in the Hubbard Performance Hall to honor the teams and their players on a great season.
It is fall tournament season on the Island! Three Loomis Chaffee teams — boys cross country, girls cross country, and boys water polo — competed in New England championships on Saturday, November 10, and three other squads — boys soccer, girls soccer, and girls volleyball — will play in New England tournament quarterfinal games at home on Wednesday, November 14.
The Loomis Chaffee boys water polo team defeated Deerfield Academy 11-3 on Wednesday, October 24, in an important game with major playoff seeding implications.
The boys water polo team defeated Brunswick 17-14 at Hedges Pool on Wednesday, October 6, in a high-scoring shootout.