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Athlete of the Month - February 2011 Tessa Leatherwood - Dallas Water Polo Club

Tessa Leatherwood began playing water polo with the Dallas Water Polo Club in the Spring of 2010 as part of the Southlake Junior Water Polo program. Coming from soccer and with a background of summer league swimming, Tessa took to the sport immediately. Competing in the North Texas Spring League her first season, she transitioned to the summer where Tessa traveled to various tournaments in Texas including the Southwest Zone Championships in Austin, TX where her Dallas Water Polo Club 12U girls team qualified for the annual USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics in Los Angeles, CA. This team was the first 12U girls team to ever represent the Southwest Zone in this age group/gender.

After a wonderful trip and experience in Southern California at the Junior Olympics, Tessa continued playing in the fall and winter bringing home gold medals in both the North Texas Fall League and the Polar Bear League Championships. In November of 2010, Tessa competed in the USA Water Polo Champions Cup in Shenandoah, TX (North of Houston) for the 14U Dallas Water Polo Club Girls team. Again, this was a first for Tessa and the club. Additionally, Tessa was invited to participate in the Southwest Zone Olympic Development Program with the 8th Grade & Younger girls. On May 19-20, 2011, Tessa will represent the Southwest Zone and compete in the USA Water Polo ODP West Region Championships on the campus of Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ.

Tessa has done a lot of water polo in a very short time. She has taken advantage of the opportunities to play, compete, learn, meet new friends, and have fun. In addition, Tessa always brings new friends to the pool to try the sport and many have continued playing alongside Tessa. She is always a fixture on the pool deck and in the water. Tessa is truly a great athlete to coach, and is a one of many reasons the sport is growing and thriving in North Texas.

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