University of Maryland Begins Off-Season Program Looking for First Eastern Championship

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coming off maybe the best year in program history, the University of Maryland women's water polo team began its off-season program last week.

Maryland finished the 2011 campaign with a 19-14 record and ranked 17th in the final national poll. The Terps also claimed third place in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship, matching their best-ever finish in the postseason tournament.

Now the Terrapins, who return five of seven starters, set their sights on gearing up for 2012.

The regular season is still over four months away, but team can spend up to eight hours per week working in the weight room and pool on both the physical and mental aspects of the game.

The off-season is also a time for team bonding.

The team, under the direction of eighth-year head coach Carl Salyer, held a barbeque the first day of fall semester classes and went off-campus for a retreat over the Labor Day weekend.

Senior goalkeeper Shelby Reyes, one of two team captains (also Christine Goetsch), found it to be an important bonding session.

"It was a nice weekend to get away and be around each other," Reyes said of the retreat.

Release courtesy Maryland Athletic Communications

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