Sports Spotlight: Riley Ford

SpotlightName: Riley Ford

Year: Junior

Sport: Water Polo

1) What do you think is the best aspect of your game?

I think my toughness and my unselfishness as a player. I’ll do whatever it takes for the team. I don’t care if I score, as long as my team is doing well. I’ll sacrifice whatever they need me to.

2) What is one fun fact about you that not to many people would know?

I’m obsessed with pugs. I used to have a pug, my phone case is a pug and I have a pug wallet. It’s weird, but I love small dogs.

3) What is you favorite movie?

“The Big Lebowski.” It is just such a classic. I love all Adam Sandler movies too. His old ones like “Happy Gilmore” and “The Waterboy” are so good.

4) Who has inspired you the most in your water polo career?

My first coach. I was the only girl that hadn’t played before, and he really took me under his wing. His oldest daughter was a senior when I was a freshman, and he had her help me out a lot. So, it was nice seeing that he saw potential in me. His name is Wayne Eggert, and he really helped me gain skills. Had I had any other coach it would have taken me four years to develop the skills that I did.

5) What has been your biggest life lesson that you have learned from water polo?

It’s probably one of the hardest sports. You have to get up ear ly in the morning, you have to work in the gym, you have to put in time at the pool swimming, so I have learned how to be dedicated. Some mornings you wake up and you know you are going to have to jump into the pool at 6 a.m., and that’s not a fun thing, but you are doing it for the team.

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