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Alejandra Aznar USC

After clinching gold and the MVP trophy at the European Youth Water Polo Championships with the Spanish national team, Alejandra Aznar moved to the United States in the 2018-19 season. The young and talented leftie (2000) is one of the great hopes of the future and present of the Spain’s senior team.

In the current Academic year, Aznar has played for one of the top universities on the West Coast of the United States, USC Los Angeles. She finished runner-up in the women’s water polo national championship and also with her club team in Spain, CN Sant Andreu.

 

How has your experience been in the United States?

I have learned a lot. Living far from home and alone, with a different language and country is not easy… In terms of water polo, there are many different things in comparison to Spain.

 

Why did you decide to take your first college year in California?

The truth is that juggling academics and water polo is very easy in the US. Playing and studying in the same place makes it very convenient. Also, when I finished high school in Barcelona I wanted to start a new experience far from home, and now that I’m young I think it’s the best moment.

 

How would you rate this year in the US together with your teammate in Sant Andreu, Mireia Guiral?

She is my best friend and the truth is that things have been much easier with her, because I knew I could count on her in case there were bad moments. Even though I never had to face any tough time, it was always good to have her at home after training on when I needed a break.

 

The next season is prior to the Toquio Olympic Games … Will you stay in USC or home?

Next year I will continue with my club team in Barcelona, CN Sant Andreu. Next year there will be many calls-up and trainings with the national team in preparation for the Olympic Games, that’s why I think I really need to be home.

 

What is your main objective at the sports level for the season 19-20?

Being able to make it for the last calls-up with the national team and take advantage of these practices to learn and improve.

 

How do you see the Spanish team? Do you see yourself with possibilities to enter the team and maybe go to the Olympic Games?

It’s very difficult and on top of that they have reduced the number of players permitted in the squad. It is still early to draw conclusions, but what I can assure is that I will train the hardest I can to make it until the last trainings.

 

Do you plan to return to the United States at some point during your college period?

I think this is something I have in my mind. The truth is that I adjusted quite well to the California lifestyle and I like pretty much everything about living in the US.

 

How different is American water polo compared to Spain?

In the US everything is very planned and marked, all teams do a lot tactical work, specially where I’ve played (USC). Referees call kickouts very easily in the center position, so you have to be very focused in the defence. I also think there’s more contact here when playing.

 

In what aspects do you think you stand out more than other local players due to the fact that you have trained in one of the water polo capitals of the world?

I think that technique is the most important skill that I have practiced since I started playing water polo, both in my club teams in Barcelona and also in the high performance center CAR Sant Cugat. I think that’s not something in the US people focus on that much.

 

Undoubtedly, Spain is one of the top countries in women’s water polo. Still, the United States team seems unbeatable. Why do you think that happens?

I think they are physically ahead of the rest of the teams. I also think that they have very good technique, but I believe the physical aspect is what makes the difference.

 

What would you highlight the most about how to train and play in California?

As I said, teams prepare a lot every game. When I arrived, they gave me a folder to write down the plays and the planning of each game. During the week you already know what plays we will do in each quarter and how we will defend in the weekend game.

Before, he will rejoin BIWPA with the Camps and other projects in the U.S.

BIWPA co-founder Yuri Colet landed in Barcelona on Thursday 8 to be presented as the new coach of the Poble Nou senior team. He will also take charge of the 12 to 13-year old category. After 3 years in Soller (Mallorca), where he has been managing the technical management of the water polo section, Yuri Colet couldn’t turn down the opportunity to come back to his home city. Apart from joining the Poble Nou family, Colet will also return to the BIWPAcademy as head coach.

Before the regular season kicks off, though, Quim Colet and Yuri Colet, along with Sarah Lizotte, the American player currently in CN Mediterrani, will lead the Summer Water Polo Camps in Barcelona, with still places available. In mid-July, the three of them will travel to the West Coast of the United States to impart a three-day Clinic in San Diego from the 18th to the 20th, a few days before the Junior Olympics. The Clinic will focus on the technical improvement of young players with the help of the Watlicam Waterline Camera, which offers a real-time performance analysis of athletes below and above the water. A unique tool that will turn the experience into something unforgettable.

BIWPA will also be present in the Junior Olympics–the largest age group water polo tournament in the USA–with a stand in the village. The two Colets and Lizotte will be representing BIWPA during the two sessions of the tournament, from the 22nd to the 25th (males) and from the 27th to the 30th of July (females). The Junior Olympics are a great event for BIWPA to enhance its Academy based in Barcelona, which has very strong ties with the Barcelona Campus of the North-American ES International School. It will also allow BIWPA to recruit American youngsters interested in improving water polo and education in the wonderful city of Barcelona, Spain.

 

 

 

Equipo Nacional

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The sports practice during the years of High School  are very important. For many students it can be the only way to enter the university across a sports scholarship. It is necessary to emphasize that, in spite of the fact that the sports offered in the High School is very varied, the sport king is the Football. Nonetheless we must mention that the waterpolo in the  west coast is a sport that in the last years it has acquired great relevancy and this way it is demonstrated by the last edition of the Junior Olympic Games celebrated in Irvine, California, last August of 2013 where near 10.000 athletes  took part in the competition.

The  High School categories are three: the beginners or “Novice” generally composed by students of the first year of High School (9th graders, also called “Freshman”), the Junior Varsity (9th  and 10th, ” Freshman and Sophomore “) and the Varsity (11th  and 12th graders, called ” Junior and Senior “). The ” Senior year ” is the moment in which the different universities contact the pupils and athletes to offer them his program. It is important to emphasize that because this fact marks even the year of beginning to the education. Many parents decide to postpone the entry of his children to Kindergarten (P-5) one year or to make them repeat this year in order that during the years of High School they are much more mature, physically speaking.

The pre-season of water polo in the High School begins in August. They are three weeks, called ” The Hell Week ” where the athletes train daily in two meetings; in the morning and evening. The pre-season serves the trainers to be able the level that his sportsmen have and be able like that to form three athletic groups appropriatly. Different friendly matches take place “scrimmage” and tilts that allow that the equipment should put in practice everything learned during the pre-season. The official season or league begins with the school course and finishes at the end of November, for Thanksgiving. After the season of High School, every player decides with what Club it wants to play. In the area of The Jolla, both most requested clubs are San Diego Shores and Del Mar.

Once finished the league the equipments face to the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) a tilt that is celebrated in California from beginning of 20th century in which there competes the High School that they have qualified. This year the CIF is celebrated in the headquarters of The Jolla High School between 13 and on November 23 marking  the end of the wàter polo school season.