Winning five-straight NEPSAC titles (2014-2018), many observers consider Brunswick’s water polo team to be the strongest team in the NEPSAC. Interestingly the program, which got its feet wet in the inaugural season of 2009, didn’t even have a pool on campus in the early years.
At the start of the impressive title run, the Bruins began training and playing in the Mehra Natatorium. With the amazing seating and sight lines, Brunswick can now host large events, including the NEPSAC Championship. The state-of-the-art, 25-meter pool can vary the depth to as much as 11 feet.
While the team results have been impressive, equally so are the individual accolades, as several Brunswick students earned all-league, all-tournament and even All-American awards.
Brunswick also offers water polo to middle school students.
Following a fifth-straight NEPSAC title, four Bruins were honored as All-New England selections. Seniors Nico Apostolides and Keegan Drew join junior Kyle Yelensky and sophomore goalie Hayden Collins on the All-New England First Team. The quartet helped the Bruins to a 24-2 record, adding a coveted Beast of the East title to their NEPSAC crown.
Fifth-seeded Brunswick rolled past fourth-seeded Hopkins by a 20-8 margin in the NEPSAC Quarterfinals on Wednesday. With the road win, the Bruins (22-2) advance to the play top-seeded Andover in a semifinal contest on Saturday, November 10, at Phillips Exeter.
Brunswick picked up a pair of road wins, besting Suffield (20-10) and Choate (23-6) on Saturday at Choate. The two victories cap an impressive regular season for the 21-2 Bruins, as the squad awaits post-season seeding information for the upcoming NEPSAC Championship.
Brunswick wrapped up its home slate of contests for 2018, as the Bruins topped Greenwich Aquatics 18-11 and Greenwich Aquatics (U-18) 18-13, in overtime. The Bruins, 19-2 overall, return to action on Saturday, October 27, with contests against Hopkins and Hotchkiss, as both matches will be played at Hopkins.
Brunswick topped Greenwich H.S. by an 11-7 margin in the finals of the 44th Cardinal Cup on Saturday. While it was the first Cardinal Cup title for the Bruins, Brunswick (17-2) topped their cross-town rivals in two other meetings this season. All three losses for the 16-3 Cardinals this season are from the Bruins.
Brunswick lost a 17-14 contest to Loomis Chaffee on the road on Wednesday, snapping a 32-match winning streak in NEPSAC regular-season play. The streak began following a 6-5 setback against Suffield on October 3, 2015, coincidentally at Loomis Chaffee.
Brunswick drove more than 160 miles to Reading, Pennsylvania, to take part in the 2018 Beast of the East Tournament this past weekend. In the end, the Bruins took home the title by overcoming a four-goal deficit to beat their cross-town rivals, Greenwich High School, 10-9, in the championship match on Saturday night.
Brunswick finished 4-1 overall at the 2018 America’s Finest City Tournament over the past weekend in San Diego. Following a 1-1 start on Friday, the Bruins went 3-0 on Saturday to finish in 17th place, atop of the consolation bracket in the highly competitive 32-team event.
Following an opening match setback to Vista in the Coronado Invitational by a 15-11 margin on Friday, the Bruins rallied for a 6-5 win later in the day against Canyon Crest Academy. The Bruins (5-1), ranked seventh in their eight-team bracket, will continue play on Saturday.