Cal Poly Men's Water Polo is more than a club. Students come together and make the presence of water polo at Cal Poly possible. This takes sacrifice and effort, and that requires going above and beyond. A team is not formed, a team is made, like a piece of fiery metal cast into the cold waters by purpose and power. It can take a lifetime to appreciate such a masterpiece, so it's been put on display here and now. Remember it not because you have to, remember it because you simply wish you could have been a part of it. Here is a slice of it to digest, and to remember.
These are the flashes of an immense, wet and exhausting reality. Individuals and certain friendships within the team are documented in this slideshow. They may be as pretty as can be, but these photos tell a stricter story. The flashes may outlast the true memories, but the rewards of teamwork are infinite. These were taken during nightly practice. Every night it's an about the balance of competition and community.
As it's been made clear, the team is a collection of amazing individuals. Students, parts of a team, they are common titles but of course far from ordinary. Spencer Harrison is by no means easy to forget. His slick slab of hair and radiant smile are legendary, just like his massages. This video shows off Spencer's skills that he uses in the pool and also on dryland as the team's designated masseuse. His knowledge and touch are a gift to never pass up as a arm-sore swimmer.
Cal Poly Men's Water Polo Club is a wealth of storylines. Among the usual topics of sport and glory, there are underlying themes that go beyond the elements of chlorine and dedication. The team goes through the season both together and on their own: the hours away from school work, the endless pool laps and flip turns, the day-by-day perfection of tactics. Such Herculean efforts bring out voices, voices from the unseen depths. Rare insights are heard in these sound bits from players about their thoughts and reflections.
If you have an itch to look back and hear some context, you've found the right place. This is a lengthy compilation of context, and fun. Poly Polo has a past to explore through this Storify. It sums of the background and illustrates the waves in an ocean that travel as one team forever. The famous Cal Poly Men's Water Polo calendar can be witnessed below.