Athlete of the Week-Alex Myers
- Year: Sophomore
- Sport: Water Polo
- Position: Driver
- Hometown: Both Santa Monica and Culver City, California
- Major: Communications
Greatest Sports Memory?
"In my senior year of high school, I was able to compete in CIF, which was our high school’s division for finals, in both swimming and water polo. To qualify, swimming was based on personal times, and for water polo it was based on your teams’ seasonal record. My water polo team made it to the second round, but then lost."
Who influences you, and why?
"Professional water polo players and professional swimmers in general; I feel they really set the standard. Also watching them play really helps me because I see how they do certain moves, and learn from them."
If you could have lunch with anybody, who would it be?
"Tony Azevedo. He is the top water polo player on earth. Right now he is on the U.S. National Team, so I would definitely have some questions to ask him, and for tips."
What was the last movie you saw?
"I watched 'Iron Man 2' today."
Favorite hobby outside sports?
"I am a musician. I have been playing the guitar since I was nine years old."
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
"To be able to teleport; I’m late all the time, so it would really help me."
Favorite family tradition:
"On my birthday and my brother’s birthday my family always goes to an amusement park, like Disney or Magic Kingdom. It’s so much fun."
Plans after SMC:
"I am transferring either to U.C. Santa Barbara or C.S.U. Long Beach. I want to continue my major in Communications and swim or do water polo, even if it’s for club or intramural."
How can water polo become more popular?
"It’s not well-known because it is only really popular in California and Hawaii. I think that’s because it isn’t televised, so to get more people to know about it, it should either be on TV or just spread by word of mouth. It could get more popular by getting your friends to play and just get people talking about it."
How did you get into water polo?
"I felt I was a strong swimmer in high school, so when I was trying out it turned out water polo was the fall sport at my high school. The coach just kind of said I was on the water polo team after try outs, so I just hopped in and started playing."
If you could play any other sport on the college level, what would it be?
"I would play baseball. I didn’t like the environment I was playing in or the people I was playing with when I was younger, but lately I have really been missing it."
Alex Myers has 11 goals since the start of the season and has scored in each game so far. In a 12-10 victory against L.A. Trade Tech, he had five goals. Myers had two goals against El Camino, but SMC lost 7-15. He scored once facing Santa Ana, but his team lost 5-7. When SMC challenged Saddleback College, Myers scored three goals, but his team lost in overtime, 15-16. The Corsairs water polo team will compete at the Citrus Mini Tournament on Saturday. Their next home games will be on Oct. 19 against L.A. Valley College at 3 p.m., and Oct. 26 against Citrus, also at 3 p.m.
For more info visit SMC Men's Waterpolo