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Nathaniel Cheney ‘22 Recruiting Profile

  • Rockford High School
  • Men's Water Polo
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Nathaniel Cheney's Men's Water Polo Recruiting Profile
Rockford Aquatics Club
Prim. Position:
Sec. Position:
2M Defender
6ft 5in
50 Yard Swim Time
100 Free
  • 2020 Highlights

Personal Statement

There is a common theme when it comes to water polo players. Swimmers who needed something more than a black line on the bottom of the pool, and that is my exact story. I fell in love with the water when I was three years old and took it to a competitive level when I was 9. I was always considered a strong swimmer, but the love for the sport was never there. I always had the drive, passion, and competitiveness, but it wasn’t until I was handed a flier for the middle school water polo team, during swim practice, that I found the thing to which I would dedicate my middle school and high school careers.

I started my high school career by being the only freshman pulled up to the varsity team. I used the skills I had learned from my years of swimming to get rid of my bench spot and beating out upperclassmen for the starting sprinter as a freshman. I was always close with the upperclassmen due to the fact that I played on their summer club team, and as I started high school polo I learned to love the team aspect of the game, instead of the individual aspect. I learned to love the feeling of stealing the ball or helping a teammate get a goal, then scoring myself. With two seasons of the year not being enough playing time, I started going in most mornings before school to make sure I would be in the best shape for my upcoming season

On top of playing two varsity sports, I also strive to excel in academics. I push to work myself just as hard in the classroom as I do in the pool. I take AP and honors classes for all of my core classes and maintain above a 4.0. My competitive nature makes me have the drive to receive the best grades I am capable of. Although I am undecided about a major, when picking a school the academic side is just as important as the athletic.

From swim to water polo, I have always given it my all. Whether it was small hometown tournaments to state championship games, the pressure pushes me to work harder. I play my best games under pressure and have been a key component in many high-level games. I hope to give it my all at a university or college after high school.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 3 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 2 years
  • 2021 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #10
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #10
  • Individual Awards:
    Starting sprinter
  • Team Awards:
    Conference 2nd Place, Sectional Champs, Regional 2nd Place, State 3rd Place
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Jersey: #9
  • Individual Awards:
    Only Freshman to get pulled up to Varsity, First off the bench
  • Team Awards:
    State 3rd Place, Regional 2nd Place, Conference Champs, Sectional Champs

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 5 seasons
  • 2019 Rockford Aquatics Club (16U)
  • Notes: Starter
  • 2018 Rockford Aquatics Club (14U)
  • Notes: Starter, Captain, Sprinter
  • 2018 Rockford Aquatics Club (16U)
  • Notes: Starter
  • 2017 Rockford Aquatics Club (14U)
  • Notes: Starter, Sprinter
  • 2016 Rockford Aquatics Club (14U)

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Jonathan Haga
  • High School Assistant Coach
  • Jerrad Reickard
  • High School Head Coach
  • Craig Peterman
  • High School Assistant Coach
  • Dave Mcwaters

Additional Sports

  • Swimming
  • F
  • 3 Years
  • Varsity Team
  • Made it to State as a freshman, captain junior year
  • Basketball
  • 5 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Swimming
  • F
  • 3 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Rockford Riptide
  • Swimming
  • F
  • 2 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Rockville Montgomery County Swim Club (RMSC)



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High School Information

High School:
Rockford High School
(616) 863-6030

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Honors Biology, Honors English 10, Honors Algebra 2, Honors Physiology
AP Classes:
Yes. A.P. U.S. History (Got a 4), A.P. Language and Composition (Got a 3), AP Calculus AB
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Academic All-State
  • Award
    • National Honor Society
  • Award
    • Three-year recipient of my academic varsity letter
  • Award
    • Academic All-American
  • Activity
    • Boy scouts
  • Activity
    • I am an eagle scout
  • Activity
    • I've been senior patrol leader for my Boy Scout troop
  • Activity
    • I've been to national leadership training through the Boy Scouts
  • Activity
    • I coach the Rockford middle school water polo team
  • Activity
    • I coach the Cannon Pool swim team
  • Activity
    • I lifeguard
  • Activity
    • and I work at Hart's tree farm in the winter

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Statistic 2019 Varsity Te 2018 Varsity Te
Games 44 44
Goals Scored 15 12
Steals 53 32
Assists 30 16


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