My name is Riley Clansen, and I am a Junior at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California. I am the starting High School Varsity goalie this year. In addition, I have played 7 years as a goalie with SOCAL Water Polo and I earned the honor of USA Water Polo Junior Olympics All American in 2021, 2019, 2017, and 2015. I have also participated in the USA Water Olympic Development Program.
Water Polo IQ/About Me:
I understand how important it is to build great relationships with teammates. We trust each other to be in the right position on offense and defense. Water polo is a team sport, and every player has a key role to play. I am a student of the game and do everything I can to understand what my opponents are trying to do. I take pride in my physical conditioning and mental preparation for games. I believe we play games at our best when we focus on details and work hard to improve in practice sessions.
My consistent communication with teammates on offense and defense and my ability to read shooters are some of my best attributes. I have very strong legs and exceptional passing and blocking abilities. I am a hard worker both in the classroom and in the pool, a selfless team player, and a leader on my team. I believe I bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the game, and I have a knack to play under high-pressure situations, which I demonstrated in the Junior Olympics this past summer making many key saves in many games, including the 3rd place game by blocking two key shots with 7 seconds left to help win the game when we had a one-goal lead.