Girls Water Polo


At Hotchkiss, we wish the bring the passion out of our students every day in and out of the pool. Teamwork and communication are at the foundation of our water polo program as we coach athletes from diverse backgrounds. Through water polo we embrace hard work, dedication, enthusiasm, and most of all passion every day.

Since water polo is such a technical sport that both tests endurance and awareness, our athletes test themselves everyday in the pool, discovering something about their character that cannot otherwise be found in the classroom setting. Having grown up around the sport and having played competitively for eight years, no sport has taught me more about teamwork, passion, and creativity, all while having an absolute blast.

Our girls are eager to learn and play every single day and they do so with enthusiasm. Water polo is sport that I hope everyone can learn and we happily welcome anyone who is passionate and willing.

-- John McBratney, Head Coach, Girls Varsity Water Polo


While the program is relatively new, over the last three years the team has improved their win total every year and we hope to continue to build on that success.


Our team practices in Hixon pool, a state of the art 10-lane, 40-yard pool with an adjustable bulkhead.

Coaching Staff


Head Coach John McBratney
Phone: 860-435-4459
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Coach McBratney, a mathematics teacher, captained and coached the team at Hamilton College and was captain of the varsity swim team as well. He has played competitive water polo for over 8 years and was a competitive swimmer for more than 12 years. John also serves as the assistant coach of the Boys Varsity Swim Team. He is currently working towards his masters in Education at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Tinker as a dorm faculty.


Assistant Coach Heather Perrenoud
Phone: 860-435-3739
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Prospective Athletes

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