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CT Premier players selected to represent NEZ at ODP National Championships

Congratulations to the CT Premier athletes, and all the athletes, who were selected to represent the Northeast Zone at the 2022 ODP National Championships in March. Through their talent and hard work over months and years of practice, these players have earned an opportunity to compete against the best players in the country.

The National Championship Tournament brings the top players from each zone together to compete. These athletes will have the opportunity to play against the best players in the country in their age group. This is the next step in USA Water Polo’s annual process to identify talent from throughout the country to represent the United States on the Age Group National Teams. CONGRATULATIONS and GOOD LUCK in March!

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CT Premier players at ODP Eastern Regional Championships

Last weekend USA Water Polo hosted the ODP Eastern Regional Championships in Greensboro, NC. It was an exciting tournament with teams representing the Great Lakes, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast regions playing in the Boys and Girls Development, Cadet and Youth age groups. Congratulations to our CT Premier athletes, and all the players on their performances and for representing the Northeast so well!

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Scott Schulte, CT Premier Executive Director, on CWPA PoloCast Podcast

Check out the most recent CWPA PoloCast where our Executive Director, Scott Schulte, spends time talking to George Gross, Jr. about his water polo and life journey. Hear how it all started in Montclair, NJ, and about his playing days at Bucknell, with the US National Team and the New York Athletic Club. He tells amazing stories about the experiences that he’s had through water polo, both domestically and internationally. He also discusses how he continues to stay involved in the sport through coaching and why he wants to grow the game in the Northeast. A fascinating discussion and a great way to learn more about Scott!

CWPA PoloCast – Interview with Scott Schulte

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CT Premier Players Selected to Represent NEZ at ODP Eastern Regional Championships

CONGRATULATIONS to the CT Premier players invited to represent the NEZ at the ODP Eastern Regional Championships in Greensboro, NC in January. These players participated in the NEZ ODP clinics throughout the Fall and based on their performance were selected to play against teams from the Great Lakes, Southeast and Midwest Zones. Good luck to everyone! We are so proud of all our players that participated in the clinics this Fall!

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16U Boys Win 2021 Holiday Cup Gold Division, 18U Finishes 3rd

This past weekend was exciting as the 16U and 18U Boys teams traveled to Orange County, CA to compete in the Kap7 Holiday Cup. It was a great weekend of competition! The 16U team came away with the Gold Division Championship with a thrilling shootout victory over Poway Valley. Congratulations to all the players and coaches!

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Jack Merrill signs NLI to play water polo at Stanford

November 11, 2021 – CT Premier Water Polo Club congratulates Jack Merrill on his commitment to play water polo at Stanford University in the Fall.  The CT Premier captain, Old Greenwich resident and Rye Country Day School student signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Stanford on Wednesday night alongside Scott Schulte, Executive Director of CT Premier Water Polo Club, and his longtime coaches Jimmy Ramaley and Paul Ramaley.  

“I’m super excited to play water polo at Stanford University. It’s got a long history as one of the best collegiate programs in the country, and it’s a place where I can thrive both as an athlete and as a student. Special thanks to CT Premier and Scott Schulte, Tony Azevedo and 6-8 Sports, Jimmy and Paul Ramaley, my first coaches, and my family for putting up with me bouncing a ball off the wall for years. There’s no way I could have accomplished this without them and countless others that pushed me to be a better player, student, and person every day.”

Scott Schulte added “CT Premier couldn’t be prouder to see Jack accepting admissions to Stanford University, one of the greatest schools in the country.  Jack epitomizes what every student- athlete, especially in the world of water polo, aspires to become when they start playing the sport.  Not only is Jack an amazing athlete and a great student. but he is also extremely hard working, a great leader and role model for all the players in our club, on the East Coast and in the country.  I have no doubt in my mind that the same success Jack has displayed up until now will just continue to grow at Stanford and beyond.  It’s an amazing accomplishment to be accepted to Stanford and we wish him all the best of luck going forward.”

Jack started water polo at the age of 12 in the Fairfield County Swim League with Coach Jimmy at Roxbury Club and soon joined CT Premier’s predecessor Chelsea Piers Water Polo.  He has played with them throughout his youth and stayed with the program when it re-emerged as CT Premier Water Polo during COVID.  Jack played at the 2019 UANA Pan American Youth Water Polo Championships for Team Canada and has also been selected to many Northeast Zone ODP teams.  Good luck Jack!  We can’t wait to see what you do next!

CT Premier Water Polo Club is led by Scott Schulte, our Executive Director and NY Athletic Club (NYAC) Men’s Head Coach, and is a 6-8 Sports Affiliate Club.  We have programs for boys and girls, ages 8 – 18. Our goal is for each player to develop teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, a love for the game, and confidence in themselves. Based out of Chelsea Piers Connecticut, we focus on fundamental skills, teaching and playing as a team, and help athletes fulfill their water polo goals now and in the future, all while having fun! Come see what we are all about!

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USA Water Polo announces 2021 JO All-Americans

Congratulations to our players who were recognized by USA Water Polo as All-Americans at this year’s Junior Olympics in Dallas, TX! All our teams played their hearts out at the tournament and these recognitions are because of the coaching and teamwork put in by everyone at the tournament and over the year. Congratulations!!!

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18U and 14U Boys Win 2021 Junior Olympics Championships

Congratulations to all the CT Premier teams who played at the 2021 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics in Dallas, TX this year. It was a fun weekend for everyone and the training and hard work you all put in over the past year was on full display! It was an extremely strong showing for all five of our teams.

18U Boys – 1st Place Platinum Division

16U Boys – 4th Place Platinum Division

16U Girls – 13th Place

14U Boys – 1st Place Platinum Division

14U Girls – 4th Place

Thank you to all our coaches, Scott, Paul, Sam, Lauren, Miki and Matt, who made this tournament possible for the players! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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18U Boys win D2 Bronze at Futures Tournament

The 18U Boys team traveled to Utah in June to play in this 2021 Futures Tournament. They played their hearts out and pushed themselves through the effects of the altitude. Their final game was against 680 Drivers where they were tied 6-6 the half and played a strong second half to win the game 18-15. Congratulations to Coach Jimmy, Coach Scott and the team on bringing home CT Premier’s first trophy!

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Alex Piccin named to USAWP Development National Team

Congratulations Alex on being named to the USA Water Polo Development National Team! Alex was invited to the National Team Selection Camp (along with Sophie) in June through his participation in the ODP program. He has grown up a swimmer but started playing water polo seriously in the Fall of 2020 when he joined CT Premier WPC at its inception. Alex practices with both his age group, and the high school players, so he can challenge and improve his skills. We are excited to see what you do next Alex!