Water Polo; Fast Facts

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Naperville North girls water polo just won the IHSA state championship for a second consecutive season. Find out more about water polo in the latest Fast Facts sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.

  • The average water polo player swims 1,600 meters in a game
  • The modern game originated as a form of rugby played in rivers and lakes in England and Scotland.
  • Early water polo balls were made of leather, which became water logged and heavy as the game went on.
  • Original rules stated players had to let the ball hit the water first before receiving a pass.
  • There are seven players competing for each team, including the goaltender.
  • Men’s water polo at the Olympics was the first team sport introduced at the 1900 games.
  • Women’s water polo became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
  • Only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with two hands.
  • Since 2002, Naperville has won a boys and girls sectional championship every season.
  • Naperville Central boys water polo was won three state championships (2016, 2018, 2019).
  • Naperville North girls water polo won their first state championship in 2021 after a 29-0 season. 

For more prep water polo highlights and Fast Facts, visit the Naperville Sports Weekly page!