BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Souderton High School (Pa.) rising senior Kristian Stanczewski is a goal oriented water polo player and student – literally.
A high school water polo player, the quest to get in a pool to practice water polo during the COVID-19 outbreak didn’t appear realistic after schools were shuttered in March.
Due to Pennsylvania closing down all public and school pools as a preventative measure in the fight against the Coronavirus, Stanczewski was looking for a place to practice – and found it in his own backyard with some creativity.
But what to do about the lack of a cage? Disimilar to a sport like basketball in which a hoop is never more than a neighbor’s driveway or park away, to practice shooting in water polo requires a goal.
Thanks to some extra time after completing his Advanced Placement exams, the Souderton senior found the answer – build his own goal and invite friends, acquaintances and whomever else needed a place to shoot over.
“I found a picture on Pinterest and drew a schematic,” notes Stanczewski.
The project took several days and the regulation size goal (10’ x 3’) was completed in May – just in time for summer.
The project has made Stanczewski’s pool a popular destination for boys and girls from various high schools in Montgomery County, as well as current Division I and III college players seeking a place to get some time in the water to practice skills and better themselves for the upcoming season.
“There’s been about 15 people over two weeks from high school and colleges.”
Kristian Stanczewski with his cage
Kristian Stanczewski building his cage