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Athlete Profile: Clare McKendry plays, promotes water polo

McKendry discusses her experiences on the water polo team with The Tartan. McKendry is a senior and has been involved with water polo since co-founding the team in the spring of 2009. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager) McKendry discusses her experiences on the water polo team with The Tartan. McKendry is a senior and has been involved with water polo since co-founding the team in the spring of 2009. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager) McKendry discusses her experiences on the water polo team with The Tartan. McKendry is a senior and has been involved with water polo since co-founding the team in the spring of 2009. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager) McKendry discusses her experiences on the water polo team with The Tartan. McKendry is a senior and has been involved with water polo since co-founding the team in the spring of 2009. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager)

This week The Tartan caught up with senior Clare McKendry, the captain of the women’s water polo team. McKendry has grown up playing water polo her whole life, and as a result has developed a passion for the sport.

She brought that passion to Carnegie Mellon and co-founded the club water polo team in the spring of 2009.

McKendry founded the team for many reasons; “I like people knowing the sport,” she said. McKendry supports all levels of play — whether people are just beginning or are advanced players, McKendry supports their involvement in the sport.

This past summer, McKendry worked as a lifeguard and helped coach water polo. She worked with children ages eight to 14 in a Splash Ball clinic, where they learned the fundamentals of water polo in a no-contact environment before they began playing. McKendry also helped coach a 16-and-under boys’ water polo team.

Besides working with teams, McKendry also plays in the open leagues to keep her own skills sharp and competitive.

At Carnegie Mellon, McKendry is a creative writing major with a computer science minor. In the future, she hopes to go to law school in California.

The club water polo season begins in February, and they will practice and compete through the month of April.

After not winning any games last season, Carnegie Mellon hosted the championships, where the Tartans were able to clinch their last two games of the season.

McKendry scored seven goals in each of the two final games for The Tartans.

In the pool, McKendry is a flexible player with the ability to play every position.

With the roster consisting of 10 players, McKendry says that she would love to see the team grow.

McKendry prefers to be a utility player on the team, which is a player that drives the ball forward toward the goal and has many scoring opportunities.

Undertaking her academics in creative writing and computer science, McKendry not only has her heart in the work at Carnegie Mellon, but also has her heart in the game.