Swimming vs. Water Polo


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Swimming or Water Polo? In High School about 80% of the time, if you swim, you also play water polo. But which is better?

Here at Westside High school, we have a variety of opinions on the frequently asked question, Is Water Polo better than Swimming? I had the opportunity to speak with a variety of team members who participate in both sports.

Swimmer and Water polo goalie Evan Fowler-cook (12) stated, ” Swimming is hard and kind of boring. Water polo is where it’s at. You get to have fun!” Although, he makes a good point swimmer and new water polo player Carmen (10) states, ” I do feel that swimming does get a little boring at times but its a challenge. Water polo is just a death match. It’s scary!”

We also had the opportunity to speak with the one and only Coach Alex Sikkema. When confronted with the question, ” How do you prepare the transition between swimming and water polo?” Sikkema stated,” swimming and water polo are to entirely different sports so there really isn’t a transition. You just jump from one to another. Swimming is a lot of repetition and technique, you really have to focus on your self and the times you will make. Water polo, on the other hand, is a game. You’re physically competing with another team and constantly going over new plays. I ask my swimmers, do you want to play water polo? if they say no that’s it, see you next season. But if they say yes, cool I will see you at practice.”

Will it seems that this debate cannot be settled, swimming and water polo are just too different to be compared to each other. Swimming is a race, how fast are you? Water polo is a game, who can score more points? If you enjoy swimming laps and racing against the clock them swimming is your choice. But if you enjoy being aggressive, blocking a ball and shooting goals, then water polo is the sport for you.