Five male college students pose for a photo while riding horses through a field. In the background there is a mountain range.
William Clark CM ’22 (2nd from the left) and 4 different juniors at the CMS males’s water polo workforce hung out in Wyoming this summer season, using horses toogether and working towards jiu-jitsu. (Courtesy: William Clark)

From working towards martial arts to channeling their internal cowboys, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps males’s water polo workforce has attempted the whole lot they may be able to to stick in form and spend time in combination this semester. 

William Clark CM ’22 is certainly one of 5 juniors at the workforce who drove to a teammate’s Wyoming ranch close to the Grand Tetons this summer season within the spirit of team-building. Whilst there, the men loved each and every different’s corporate  — and the corporate of a few horses — however stored it informal when it got here to coaching. 

The workforce, in large part hailing from California with a couple of teammates from Hawaii, is conversant in coaching in the summertime solar and fairly heat fall. Water polo in rural Wyoming, then again, dunked the Stags into 45-degree water.

“We’d trip horses in combination and pass to our teammate’s favourite lake to toss the ball,” Clark stated. “One of the vital guys introduced their browsing wetsuits from Orange County so we wore the ones, nevertheless it was once nonetheless in point of fact chilly.” 

Withstanding a near-freezing lake isn’t the one manner the workforce is rising nearer. Of their time in combination, Clark and his teammates are going as excessive out of water, combating laborious — actually — to stick in form and feature amusing doing it. 

“A few guys at the workforce are doing jiu-jitsu, activating muscle tissue that you simply didn’t know you had, and I’m taking a look to sign up for them as neatly. The workforce is a in point of fact large fan of UFC, so it’s cool to do it in actual lifestyles.”

With a canceled fall 2020 season and a 2019 loss within the SCIAC Championship, the workforce remains to be gearing as much as get again within the pool for festival and, confidently, its first championship win since 2015

“I do know that we will be able to ultimately have a season. Each day that you simply don’t do a exercise you recognize that anyone else is, and lacking a exercise implies that anyone else is getting higher when you are getting worse or staying the place you might be,” Clark stated. “For a workforce that desires to win a SCIAC Championship and recover from that hump, we will have to all have that during thoughts.”

Whilst the workforce works to stay long run festival at the mind, their workforce constructing wishes no paintings, Clark stated. On-campus, the workforce is “just about all the time in combination.”

“This is one thing we’re tremendous pleased with. Rather a couple of groups will break up into factions, however … that’s what I like about this workforce: We’re all pals and all of us love each and every different.”

Despite the fact that it’s a problem for a workforce so with regards to be unfold out, the affection that the workforce participants have for one any other and the game endures. 

“We’re all demise to look each and every different. The rationale all of us play this recreation is that we like it, however we’re so thankful to be in this workforce as a result of there is not any different workforce love it.”

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