Islanders water polo team loses to Bellevue, Roosevelt

Mercer Island remains optimistic despite recent defeats.

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 2:28pm
  • Sports


Special to the Reporter

The Mercer Island Islanders boys water polo team lost two games by slim margins in recent matchups in the pool.

Roosevelt earned a 16-14 victory against Mercer Island on Oct. 11. The Islanders also lost to the Bellevue Wolverines 9-7 on Oct. 9. In the contest between Roosevelt and Mercer Island, six goals were scored in the final three minutes of the game. Senior team captain Nate Robinson scored a team-high five goals in the loss against Roosevelt. Islanders’ goalie Jacob Swerland had eight saves.

Robinson said his team was upbeat despite the close defeat to Roosevelt.

“Our bench was going nuts the entire game. Everyone had a lot of really positive energy that was radiating out to everyone else. It was just a really awesome thing to be a part of,” Robinson said.

Robinson said the Islanders have improved immensely since the beginning of the 2018 season.

“I definitely think we’ve improved. We’ve lost a bunch of one- or two-goal games that we just kinda let slip away, but we’ve learned from all those games and we haven’t let those games derail us from where we want to be in November. I think that since we don’t really get down on ourselves or our teammates, we can really grow and improve and take each game as a learning experience win or lose,” Robinson said. “Our team right now is just starting to get into a rhythm right now. We’ve got a great energy going in our games and we all just sort of feed off of each others’ energy. I think if we keep this up, we can really do something special come the state tournament.”

In the two-goal loss to the Wolverines on Oct. 9, Swerland had six saves between the posts. Leif Gullstad and Robinson scored a team-high two goals apiece in the loss to Bellevue.


More in Sports

Islanders edge Bainbridge to win state swim meet

The Mercer Island boys swim and dive team edged out Bainbridge 313-289.5… Continue reading

Ressmeyer has giant bar routine at state

The Mercer Island sophomore tied for fifth on bars in the event finals at the 1A/2A/3A state meet.

Three Mercer Island baseball players compete at showcase in Arizona

Mercer Island residents Austin Cupic, Marques Abulhosn and Max Clark competed at… Continue reading

Farrell shines at Mat Classic XXXII

Mercer Island’s Colin Farrell placed sixth at 182 pounds at the 3A… Continue reading

Islanders finish first at state swim meet

The Mercer Island boys swim and dive team won the 3A state… Continue reading

Islanders claim KingCo crown

The Mercer Island boys basketball team dominated Interlake, 61-36, in 3A KingCo championship.

Four Mercer Island wrestlers qualify for regionals

Four Mercer Island wrestlers qualified for the regional wrestling tournament on Feb.… Continue reading

Mercer Island girls basketball season ends in tiebreaker

The Islanders lost to Bellevue and Interlake in tiebreaker games on Feb. 8.

Leading the charge

Luke Wenzel tied the Mercer Island boys basketball record for charges drawn in his career.

Most Read