Flower Mound High School Water Polo athletes Rylan Lantz and Max Wade have been selected to the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Team.
The Olympic Development Program (ODP) serves as a forum to identify and train athletes from all over the country to represent USA Water Polo through domestic and international competition. ODP involves 13 different geographic zones throughout the country and the top 14 athletes chosen from each zone move on to compete and learn at the ODP zone Championship in February.
The high school Water Polo season begins in February also, and two athletes will be competing for Flower Mound High School this year. Although water polo is not yet a UIL sport, it is expected to be ratified in the coming years. For the past three years, the Flower Mound teams have advanced to The Texas State Championship Tournament with the boys winning 2nd place in 2017 and 3rd place in 2016 and 2015 and the girls won 9th place in 2017, and 5th place in 2016.
Flower Mound High School also has several former athletes currently playing water polo in colleges around the country, all of whom participated in the ODP process. Head Coach Troy Goddard is enthusiastic about the sport at Flower Mound High School and has seen the development of the sport in this area first hand. He is passionate about seeking out new tournaments for the athletes to participate in around the country. This allows more athletes to take advantage of as many learning opportunities as they can. Coach Goddard is also actively building the program for younger athletes to get involved and learn the fundamentals to be competitive at the high school level.
Coach Goddard is joined this year by Coach Dan Snow and Coach Trevor Doyle for this water polo season which started on February 19th.