(WTNH)–The Conn College women’s water polo team has lots to laugh about these days. They’ve won three straight Division III championships.
“It was a rebuilding year but people had to step up and we really worked well together,” said senior Isabelle Baneux.
You can say that again. Rebuilding years don’t usually end with a title.
“If someone was having an off day, someone ELSE would have the best day of their life,” said Nicole Jasbon, who is a two-time All-American. “So we fed off each other’s energy a lot.”
Leading the way for the Camels is first-year head coach Matt Anderson. He coaches both the men’s and womens water polo teams. After 12 years at Michigan, he was going to take a break from coaching.
“I got a phone call from someone who said, hey you should probably look at Conn College. I think you’d like the athletic director there and you’d enjoy coaching the men and the women,” he said. And so far, the California native likes life in Eastern Connecticut.
“For me its water polo, it doesnt matter if it’s in Connecticut, California, the game doesnt change.”
The Camels have a unique opportunity this weekend (April 24). They are competing in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Championship, taking on the best Division I and Division II teams in the country.
They’re not expected to win a game.
“We’re going into it without any expectations but we want to hope win a couple of games,” Baneux said.
“We’re going in there just to have a good time play some good water polo and get an opportnity to see some high level water polo.”