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Illpolo.com's All-Illpolo Team

Colleen Shaw helped Loyola advance to the state tournament for the first time in school history by winning the Glenbrook North sectional in 2005. The sophomore was named to the All-State second team at the end of the season and was also selected to the All-Illpolo second team for her performance as well. We asked Colleen the following questions in an exclusive Illpolo.com interview:

College choices, major, current GPA?

Dont really know as a sophomore; somewhere in California or New York would be good.
Major: Graphic Design.


Experience, Club Team, Zone Teams, Off-season work?


Experience: none before high school
Club/Zone Teams: this summer I'm playing on the Midwest Zone team
Offseason work: Loyola summer camp, Chicago Park District (during winter), Stevenson camp.

When did you start? How? Where?


When? Started swimming at first just for fun with friends freshman year after being cut from the volleyball team. The swimming people all did water polo and they were lots of fun so i did.


How? Swimming girls, and Coach Stonequist coached it (who had been coach in grade school for basketball)


Where?: Loyola


Awards and achievements?


Freshman Year: All-Freshman team, Top freshman, (Loyola Award)-Most Improved Player
Sophomore Year: All Conference Team, All State Team (2nd), All Sectional Team, All Versatile Team, All Sophomore Team, (Loyola Awards)- 2nd Varsity Award, 2005 MVP.


Personal interests? Music? TV shows?


Art/photography, basketball, going out with friends, weekends...TV Shows: Full House, ALIAS!, FRIENDS, MXC, Lifetime Movies, Boy Meets World...

Goals for the future with polo? School? Life?


w/polo: Go to state as a team in the next two years, make overall season record better, "start a new tradition for Loyola water polo", play in college. w/life: be a graphic designer/artist and get rich.


Motivation, inspiration?


Motivation: every year the seniors that get us to work, friends, coach and rich
Inspiration: the team, coach, rich, upperclassmen, friends...

First Season role?


"Learning and understanding the game", going in only to take shots.

Sophomore year role?


Hole set at the beginning, driver, main scorer.




Statistics: (Sophomore Year): Goals- 76
KO (+)/ 4-meters (+): 50
Shots Taken: 197
Steals: 30
Most goals in one game: 7


Other Comments?


"DROP THE HAMMER", "Hate it or love it underdogs on top", and "Defense wins championships"- Rich.








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