February 3, 2011

Women’s Water Polo’s Whitney Allen

By Kaitlin Fuelling '13

The Santa Clara women's water polo program kicked off this weekend at the SJSU Spartan Invite in San Jose and SantaClaraBroncos.com (SCB) had a chance to meet up with senior Whitney Allen (WA) to discuss her career at SCU and her goals for her final season. Last season as a junior, she started all 33 games, scored 16 goals and was second on the team with 48 ejections.

SCB:  As you enter your last season here, are there any goals you have set for yourself or the team to accomplish?

WA: As always, our team hopes to win WWPA, the water polo championships. As an individual, I would like to play my hardest and be the best I can be in every single game.


SCB:  What has been the highlight of your career at Santa Clara?
WA: The highlight of my career at Santa Clara has been the opportunity to play with such an amazing group of girls and for a wonderful coach.


SCB:  Do you have any advice for younger athletes looking to play a collegiate sport?
WA: I think any athlete wanting to have an incredible college experience should consider playing a collegiate sport. Being a part of Santa Clara water polo has been one of the most defining aspects of my college career.


SCB:  How is going into this season as a senior different than the other years of playing Bronco water polo?
WA: I would like to be more of a leader this year. Last year I looked up to all of the seniors on the team so I hope to be a role model for the younger players on the team this year.


SCB:  What has been the most rewarding experience or part of being on the Santa Clara women's water polo team?
WA: Being a part of the women's water polo team has showed me the importance of being a team player. I think that I can apply the lessons I have learned to any work environment I end up in.


SCB:  Were you close with your fellow teammates?  How would you all connect outside of practice?
WA: I love all of my teammates. I enjoy spending time with them outside of practice. I especially love baking together and having team dinners.