Sarah Lukens, Ph.D.
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To whom it may concern:
I played water polo for four years and Tulane University before I moved to Pittsburgh one year ago for a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Pittsburgh. I found out about the week-long community water polo clinic at the Ammon pool through the Pittsburgh Triathlon Club online board. I was very excited to come out and throw a ball around, as I've been dying to play since moving to Pittsburgh. I think that water polo is just hands down the most fun sport out there.
The water polo clinic was really fun. It was mostly kids around the ages 10-16 years, and a mixture of other people as well. Mark Rauterkus, who was coaching, was super enthusiastic and encouraging to all levels. Further, I was very impressed with the Ammon facility. I think water polo is something that doesn't get enough exposure in Pittsburgh; for example, whenever I brought a ball to swim with at the Highland Park pool this summer, I always had adults and kids alike asking me questions about basic polo skills and how one gets started playing. This clinic was a great experience for just that and I hope it continues in future years.
Sarah Lukens, PhD.
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Mathematics