Three members of the Greenwich High School Boys' Water Polo Team have been selected to the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association 2010 All-America Water Polo Team. Matt Weber was named to the first team, Eric Minowitz the third team and John Nietzel received Honorable Mention recognition.
A junior, Weber was the Big Red's leading scorer for the fall season, scoring 119 goals in 28 games. He also tied for the team lead for assists with 32. The team's number one two-meter man, he also proved difficult to defend drawing a team-leading 35 opponent kick-outs. After Matt's play for the Northeast Zone Team, the Greenwich Water Polo player was also selected to train with the USA Water Polo Junior National Team. In a recent national zone tournament, Matt scored nine of his team's 18 goals in the Northeast Zone's 18-15 victory over the Southeast Team.
Minowitz, also a junior was the team's second leading scorer with 65 goals. The Big Red team relied heavily on his speed as Eric was its reliable sprint-off man, winning the ball for his team 85-percent of the time on the first and second half sprints for the ball at mid-pool. His quickness and ball-hawking abilities also made him the team leader for steals with 81.
John Nietzel, a co-captain for the 2009 team, was right behind Minowitz in scoring with 62 goals. A versatile scorer, Nietzel was the team's most powerful perimeter shooter, while also using his strength to fire goals from the two-meter position. He tied Weber for the team lead with 32 assists, and was second behind Minowitz with his 47 steals.
The 2009 GHS team finished with a 22-6 record, with its only interscholastic losses coming at the hands of Wilson High School from West Lawn, Pennsylvania, which also had three players named to the All-America team. After losing twice to the Wilson team, Greenwich avenged the two defeats by beating Wilson 8-5 in its own Cardinal Tournament. The teams other four losses came at the hands of two of Canada's top club teams and the US Naval Academy's JV squad.