The captain of District 218’s water polo team, Neil Slowinski, a Richards High School student, has been a leader in and out of the pool, as well as in the classroom. Head coach Ryan Russell says that during the past two years, the senior was not only named All-Sectional, but also was the team’s leading scorer. An honors student, Slowinski maintains a 4.68 GPA.
Name: Neil Slowinski
Age/year in school: 18/Senior
Hometown: Oak Lawn
Sport: Water Polo
How long have you played water polo? 4 years
What do you love most about water polo?
The intensity and aggressiveness.
What was your biggest challenge this season? How did you overcome it?
Close games. We lost most of them but we played hard.
What was your favorite moment of this season? Why?
Beating Argo in overtime. It was an intense game and we were determined to win.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My coaches and teammates.
If you didn’t play water polo, what would you be doing?
Sleeping or hanging with my friends.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Charles Tillman [Chicago Bears cornerback]. He is a phenomenal athlete who seems like a nice guy. He doesn’t let his fame get to his head.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside water polo?
Basketball, football, hacky sack, Frisbee, golf.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
“Don’t be the little engine that could, be the little engine that did.”
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