Holy Name Girls Swim Team Tryouts on Oct. 21

The Holy Name Girls Swim Team is pleased to announce try-outs for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.  Girls born in 2008 and 2009 are invited to try out on Friday, October 21 at 7:00 pm at the Berkeley Carroll pool (762 President St. in Park Slope). At this time we do not currently have room for girls born before 2008.

We also have a geographic eligibility requirement; our swimmers must reside in parishes in northern Brooklyn, mainly in the vicinity of Park Slope and Windsor Terrace. Please contact us if you have questions about whether you meet the geographic eligibility requirements.

If your daughter was born in 2008 or 2009 and is interested in trying out, please email us back at hngirlsswimcoaches@gmail.com and let us know her NAME and DATE OF BIRTH.

The swim season runs from the beginning of November through the end of March,with practices on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.  Meets begin in January and take place on Friday evenings.

The Holy Name Girls Swim Team is a wonderful community of female athletes.  We look forward to hearing from you about the 21st. Please be in touch if you have any questions.

Best,

Holy Name Swim Coaches

St. Francis Brooklyn Men's Water Polo @ Home Oct. 1 & 2

This weekend the St. Francis Brooklyn men's water polo team (4-7; 0-1 NWPC) opens it's home slate of matches against three Northeastern Water Polo Conference rivals. At 11am on Saturday,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4-3; 0-0 NWPC) visits Brooklyn Heights. The Engineers seek a two-game winning streak against their Brooklyn rivals by virtue of last year's 14-13 win in Cambridge — breaking a 22 year-long losing streak against the Terriers.

At 5pm, Harvard University (10-1; 0-0 NWPC) — #8 in the latest CWPA Men's Varsity Poll and the East's top-ranked squad — will face St. Francis. The Crimson are looking to extend a modest three-match winning streak over the Terriers, by virtue of a 13-8 victory in the 2015 CWPA playoffs.

Sunday at 10am Brown University (8-5; NWPC) will visit the Generoso Pope Athletic Center to rekindle one of the fiercest rivalries in Eastern water polo. In 2014 the Bears ended the Terriers run of nine-straight Northern Division titles on their way to their first appearance in the NCAA Men's Water Polo Tournament in 29 years.

Between matches on Saturday the Brooklyn Heights St. Francis Water Polo Club will play a U16 scrimmage against The Pingry School of New Jersey. The two youth clubs will square off at 2pm.

Admission is free to all matches. For more information contact the St. Francis Brooklyn Athletics Department.

Dr. Oz On Water Polo'S Health Benefits & Risks

Mehmet Oz — Harvard class of 1982 who played goalie for the Crimson men’s water polo in 1980 and ‘81 — is best known as the star of “The Dr. Oz Show,” a syndicated television program focused on issues related to medicine and personal health.

Dr. Oz, who touts an active lifestyle on his blog, spoke recently with New York-based water polo journalist Michael Randazzo about his continued passion for water polo, the sport’s pronounced health benefits, the concussion risk that links polo and football, the US National Men’s and Women’s Water Polo teams and Michael Jordan, the former Chicago Bulls basketball star.

The full transcript of Dr. Oz’s comments is included at TotalWaterPolo.com.

Images Courtesy The Dr. Oz Show

Images Courtesy The Dr. Oz Show

US Water Polo Players Splash Down in Brooklyn Heights

What if you could meet four Olympians — especially those bearing gold medals earned recently at the Rio Games?

That’s what young athletes from the Brooklyn Heights St. Francis water polo club experienced this week in Brooklyn Heights. Kami Craig, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Ashleigh Johnson and Courtney Mathewson — members of the U.S. Senior National Women’s Water Polo Team that secured back-to-back Olympic titles by virtue of a 12-5 win over Italy— spoke at St. Francis Brooklyn about realizing their dreams.

Read the full story in the Brooklyn Courier

Members of the BHSF Water Polo Club with Olympians Kami Craig, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Cortney Mathewson and Ashleigh Johnson.  Image Courtesy James Chang

Members of the BHSF Water Polo Club with Olympians Kami Craig, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Cortney Mathewson and Ashleigh Johnson.
Image Courtesy James Chang

Olympian @CLKMathewson @SFBKTerriers with BHSF water polo players #nycap #Olympicgold