Five Time Olympian Visits Cincinnati and Attends Masters Water Polo Club Practice

The Ohio Squirrels Water Polo Club was in for a treat on Sunday, July 29 when they had 5x Olympian, Tony Azevedo attend their water polo practice. Azevedo was in town from Long Beach, CA (just outside of LA) for an age group clinic at Mason High School and special dinner honoring Jose Cerda and the Jose Cerda Aquatic Foundation ( The foundation alongside St. Xavier High School Water Polo and Head Coach Mike Roberts have been working with Azevedo for the past year building up to this fantastic weekend.

For the Ohio Squirrels, an 18 and older club team, Sunday included drills, technique training and organized scrimmage. Azevedo, 36 years old, is about the same age for many of the players on the Ohio Squirrels so they have been following his success for many years. The training session was held at Powel Crosley YMCA, one of the regular locations for the club team.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the greatest water polo player in the United States and one of the top in the world." – Ben Keefe, a player on the Ohio Squirrels. Ben has been with the Ohio Squirrels for 5 years.

The Ohio Squirrels is a coed masters team that has been around since 2007. They compete and train year-round. They travel to 6-8 invitationals and host tournaments in February and October. For more information, please visit They are open to players of all levels and ages.