After an astounding defeat from Menlo-Atherton, the Panthers look to reset during their PAL run. They go into the playoffs tied for third place in the league after earning a record of 3-4.
Roughly three weeks ago, the Panthers ended their pool-hopping around the district and settled on the San Bruno pool for practice.
However, after deeming the pool inadequate, team captains Davor Koprivik and Sebastian Duong, along with senior Jason Schevach tried to find a solution with Principal Paul Belzer, Assistant Principal Markus Autrey and Athletic Director John Philipopoulos on Oct. 4.
“We uncovered an essential flaw in the administration's creation of the schedule,” Shevach said. “[They told] schools that they only had to allow us to practice at their pools until September 26 when the season doesn't end until late October at the earliest.”
Additionally, the date for pool construction has been confirmed to end in December 2019, meaning that next year’s team will have to continue practicing in different pools. However, junior Adrian Cahuana, who plans to continue playing next year, has remained positive about the future.
“I'm kind of sad, because, we don't get our own pool, but I'm actually starting to get used to it,” Cahuana said. “Another year won't really affect me because I'm already getting used to it this year, so it won't be as bad as it could be.”
Cahuana noted that he wasn’t the only one who felt this way, and when asked if sophomores and juniors were losing interest in Water polo, he confirmed that the team was still committed to excellence.
“They just deal with the problem and try to overcome it and just use as much of the time that they're given in the pool. And they want to use it wisely and use every minute and every second to improve.”
Depending whether the Panthers beat Woodside on Oct. 23, their next opponent will be Menlo-Atherton on Thursday, Oct. 26.