Where do you come from? And how old are you?
San Diego, California and I am 22 years old.
What did you study?
Business and Communications at UC San Diego
Why did you come to Spain?
I wanted to try a different level of water polo and have a different kind of experience. I thought that Spain was a good option because there is a very good level here and the sport is very popular in Barcelona.
What kind of differences have you seen since you have been in Barcelona?
The water polo in Barcelona is completely different than what I know in the United States. The type of play is unlike that of the US. The players are much smaller here, so they are forced to be more creative. In the US players are bigger and stronger so its a different type game.
In Europe our sports system corresponds with local clubs, but in the US high level sports are more associated with the education. In your opinion, what is best for an athlete?
I don´t know what I prefer yet, but playing at University is easier because everything is centrally located. In Spain it is easy for me because I only have to play water polo, I don´t have to do both.
Why is female team of the United States so good? They just won the World Championship…
It’s really amazing. They are one of the best teams in the world. In the US we train very hard and compete at a very high level. Just like in Europe, water polo is extremely competitive.
And what about you? What do you expect from being in Spain?
I hope to gain a lot by being here, with water polo and with the culture. Sometimes its difficult because I don’t speak the language yet, but day by day I am getting better.
What do you know about your rivals in the spanish league?
I just know about the teams in the top five.
What do you think about BIWPA?
I think its is amazing! The Academy gives athletes a unique opportunity and in America there is nothing like this. I am always telling Cristina how great I think BIWPA is for water polo athletes.
Do you recommend to american players to come to Spain?
Definitely! I think the Spanish style puts much importance on fundamental skill and I think its a great opportunity for young athletes.