Defending state champions Collins Hill could not hold off St. Pius X as the Golden Lions took their fourth title in six years. As reported in NeighborNewpapers.com, St. Pius X can be tied directly to the growth of the sport in Georgia due to the school’s outreach program which helps to support teams from other schools.
In the six years it has sanctioned water polo the Georgia High School Water Polo Association (GHSWPA) has grown to include 20 squads from 16 schools. The organization began with just four programs.
The sport is growing elsewhere in the South as Chris Ramsey, CEO of USA Water Polo, mentioned on October 22 efforts by his organization to help Tennessee swim coaches to start fielding high school water polo in the Volunteer State.
Update: an earlier version of this post mentioned that Chris Ramsey announced a partnership with Tennessee swim coaches on during the his October 22 interview on The Morning Swim Show. The Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (TISCA) announced the addition of water polo as a varsity sport, with the help of USAWP, on February 15, 2012.