Caija McNeil’s lobbying paid off.
“I’d been bugging and bugging our athletic director (Kim Ensing) to get a water polo program started,” the Hancock College junior said with a laugh.
“She was very enthusiastic to get one going, especially when she saw how much interest there was in swimming.”
As a result, Hancock’s inaugural women’s water polo squad is gearing up for the 2015 campaign along with the school’s other fall sports squads.
“Eventually, we hope to get an aquatics program started on the men’s side as well,” said McNeil. “For now, it’s good that’s there so much interest on the women’s side.” Hancock’s women’s swimming program has been in existence for two seasons.
Ben Britten is the coach of Hancock’s first women’s water polo squad, which plays its inaugural game Sept. 12 at Van Nuys-based Los Angeles Valley College at a time to be announced. Hancock’s home opener is at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30 against Cuesta.
Where exactly that home opener will be, Britten said at a recent Bulldogs practice at Paul Nelson Pool in Santa Maria, had not been ironed out at press time…