Boys’ Varsity Water Polo, coached by Jeff Ukrainetz, is one of the many intense sports at Escondido High School.
This year’s team is lead by Seniors Mitchell Lerma, 18, and Andrew Bastien, 18.
Lerma said that his favorite thing about playing water polo is being a part of a team. He would like to continue his water polo career by playing in one of the top colleges for water polo. He does admit that it is challenging not to drown when trying to beat out his opponent.
“Coach U inspires me to do the best because he always pushes me to do my best, “ said Lerma.
Ukrainetz, who has been coaching since 1991, is proud of his student athletes and enjoys seeing his athletes grow.
“ The pride and improved confidence that I see when everything comes together for an individual athlete on the playing field carries over into their young lives and allows them to be better people.”
However, Ukrainetz wants his team to win, too.
“The wins, playoff berths and league and CIF championships feel really good too!” said Coach U.