On The Record with Leslie Entwistle, Water Polo Pioneer Growing the Sport in the Mid-Atlantic Region

To understand just how much American women’s water polo has changed the past four decades, just speak with Leslie Entwistle. A member of the first-ever U.S. Women’s National Team, in 1978, she competed at the 1978 World Aquatic Games in West Berlin, Germany, at the first-ever 1979 World Cup in Fresno, California and the 1981 World Cup in Sydney, Australia.

A 1980 graduate of Slippery Rock University, under Richard “Doc” Hunkler, the legendary swim and water polo coach, Entwistle earned All-America honors following her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Since graduating with a degree in physical education, she has remained devoted to polo, coaching youth teams with the Naval Academy Aquatic Club and with the Capitals in Washington, D.C. as well as being a zone coach for USA Water polo from 2011 – 2016.

Entwistle, who recently took a position with The St. James, a massive 450,000 square foot sports complex in Springfield, VA, spoke with Swimming World about her impressive past—and the exciting future for East Coast polo she hopes to build upon.

To read Michael Randazzo’s interview w/Coach Entwistle, please click here.

Leslie Entwistle (far right) who launched the Narwhals (now Capitals) a decade ago. Photo Courtesy: Capital Water Polo

Leslie Entwistle (far right) who launched the Narwhals (now Capitals) a decade ago. Photo Courtesy: Capital Water Polo