Aug 25, 2017
Las Positas women’s water polo coach Trevor Rose didn’t have to account for many swim caps on the first day of practice in the first two years of the Hawks program.
Which explains his heightened optimism at the outset of Year 3. Rose opened practice this season with a deeper group of quality competitors.
“Day 1 we had three girls on deck,” Rose recalled of the 2015 season. “Last year I think it was like six, and now we’ve got 11, so we’re moving in the right direction. Everybody’s played. Everybody has high school playing experience and club-playing experience, so I think we look pretty good.”
A key returner is center Elizabeth Bukus, one of the better players in the conference last year.
“She’s a presence. She’s pretty good,” Rose said of Bukus.
Rose knows his stuff. His career includes five years as head coach at Miramonte High. He has coached numerous All Americans and Division I athletes, also including at 680 Water Polo and Lamorinda Water Polo.
Las Positas freshman Negin Tehranian, who excelled in water polo at Foothill High along with her twin sister Negar, seems well-suited to Rose’s water polo approach. She works hard and appears to be basking in the college experience.
“I really like it actually,” Tehranian, a utility, said of the program. “Good practices. Good people. I can’t wait for games to see how we do.”
She agreed that fitness is key when numbers are on the low side.
“If there’s not as many people we need to train harder so we’re prepared for games, because we don’t get as many breaks,” she said.
Rose’s Hawks are coming off a very productive season, in which they finished tied with Ohlone and Foothill for first place in the Coast-North, at 9-2 in conference and 12-11 overall.
The Hawks lost a lot of scoring from last year’s team and are short a goalie, but Rose appears unfazed.
“I think we’re doing pretty well,” he said. “I just promote good, hard, honest water polo, and our girls tend to play well. I think all athletes do well when you treat them respectfully and make them work hard. We should play pretty well. We’ve got enough girls with enough talent and enough experience to hopefully be over .500 and make the conference tournament and make a decent run at the finals.”
For her part, Tehranian started playing as a Foothill freshman and immediately took to the demanding sport. She looks around the Las Positas pool deck and she sees a strong group of former high school players.
“I think we’ll do really well,” she says.
Las Positas will open the season on Sept. 15 against Sacramento City in the West Valley Invitational.
• Matt Schwab