CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The 2011 Fall Olympic Water Polo Clinic with KAP7 cofounder and two-time Olympian Brad Schumacher drew 30+ student-athletes to Harvard University's Blodgett Pool on the morning of Saturday, November 19 as part of the 2011 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship.
Sponsored by American Water Polo, the clinic ran from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Individuals who attended the clinic received tickets for the CWPA Eastern Championship, a CWPA media guide and championship program, a league T-shirt and a photo with Brad Schumacher.
Unlike past clinics, this year's event included collegiate club athletes as representatives from the Boston College and Boston University club teams participated in learning skills from Schumacher.
A former freestyle swimmer, Schumacher won two gold medals as a member of the United States Men's 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter Freestyle Relay Teams at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Four years later, he was a member of the US Men's Water Polo Team that placed in sixth place at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
The only aquatics athlete in the
world to become a world champion in both swimming and water polo,
he competed in the 1998 World Championships in both sports to
become the first athlete to compete simultaneously at the World
Class level since Bob Hughes at the 1956 Olympic Games.
He joined an elite group of athletes to compete in both sports at a world championship level as only Duke Khanamoku, Johnny Weissmuller, Bob Hughes and Matt Biondi also competed in water polo and swimming on the world level.
Schumacher has not strayed far from his roots as he co-founded with fellow Olympian Wolf Wigo Kap7, Inc., a commercial pool equipment and supply company, and serves as head coach of SET Water Polo Club in South Orange County, California.