March 12, 2013 | Vol. 73 No. 33

2012 US Olympic players to offer training camp at Pitt’s Trees Pool

The North Allegheny Tiger Water Polo Club will offer area water polo enthusiasts the opportunity to train under three 2012 US Olympic Water Polo players.

The training camp will be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool from Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7. Olympic players Ryan Bailey (center), Merrill Moses (goalkeeper), and Jeff Powers (defender) will assist Tiger Water Polo Coach Nikola Malezanov in training about 70 campers over a three day period.

In addition to playing in the 2012 Olympics in London, each player has a Silver medal from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Mr. Powers and Mr. Bailey also played in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, and Mr. Bailey played in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

This camp will be an opportunity for Pittsburgh’s water polo community to meet the Olympians and experience water polo at the highest level possible.

The camp will kick-off Friday night with an exhibition women’s water polo game between the University of Pittsburgh and North Allegheny High School (fifth place PA state champions for 2012), and will close on Sunday with an exhibition men’s game between Pitt and NA HS (PA state champions for 2012).

In between, the Olympians will conduct four training sessions, currently planned for Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday 9-11 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m., and Sunday 9-11 a.m., to teach the camp attendees a range of skills and techniques. In addition to the training sessions, the $210 camp fee includes a t-shirt and a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity with the Olympians.

There are a limited number of registration slots available at www.tigerwaterpolo.com. Check the website for any updates to the training sessions.

The public is invited to watch the exhibition games and training at the recently renovated 75-by-165 foot Olympic sized Trees Pool, which serves as the Pitt Panthers’ swimming and diving teams’ home pool. The facility also has hosted 15 Big East Conference Championships and the 2010 conference meet.

After the Olympic Camp ends on the morning of April 7, the Tiger Water Polo Club will kick off its fourth annual Spring Water Polo Program in the afternoon. The program is an opportunity for beginner to advanced players to learn more about water polo in a fun environment.

The program runs for five consecutive Sundays. Additional information is available below and at http://tigerwp.aquanite.com/spring-league-2/.

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