The University of Iowa University of Iowa

Women’s Water Polo Ready for Another Successful Season


The University of Iowa women’s club water polo team is geared up for another successful season. Last year, the team took third in the Big Ten Conference, following closely behind conference champ Michigan and Illinois.

“Our goal this year is to hopefully move up from our third ranking, and we are working hard at each practice to make this goal become a reality,” said sophomore Michelle Durkin.

The two captains for the team this year are seniors Katie Kopale and Jill Nagle, and the coach of the team is Krissy Hansel. Hansel was a member of the squad last year, assuming the role of head coach for this season. The change in leadership is a large adjustment, but they are handling it well. A difference from last year is Coach Hansel more mandatory practices, which has been noticeably beneficial to the team.

The Iowa women’s water polo team practice extensively, three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday) for hours or more. Practices are usually held at the University’s Recreational Center pool. Right now it is currently the team’s offseason, as tournaments will start next semester. The team’s first game will be against Iowa State on a to be determined date.

“We only lost three seniors and gained some great new freshmen,” Durkin stated. “This should be a great year and hopefully we will be able to get at least second place in the Big Ten.”

Be on the lookout for the team’s game schedule next semester.