Underwater Hockey Team Finishes 9th in Canada
Roger Bacon High School’s champion varsity underwater hockey team came in ninth this weekend at the 33rd annual College Royale Underwater Hockey Tournament at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. The coed team of alumni and upper classmen played against colleges and the school’s junior varsity team. Its closest game was the final match against London, in which RB led through the first half before London came back to win 8 to 4.
Here is a reposting of our January story on about the team and the sport:
Underwater Hockey Team Wins Fourth National Title
For fifteen years, Cincinnati’s Roger Bacon High School has fielded a team in one of the country’s most unusual sports — and this summer the only high school underwater hockey team in the United States won its fourth national title.
The Spartans varsity team won the B Division championship in the USA Underwater Hockey 2011 U.S. National Championship held in Santa Clara, CA, in June, when school wasn’t even in session. The eight-person, co-ed team beat out community teams and college teams from Michigan State, Georgia Tech, and other schools with an overall 9/4 record. The school also has a junior varsity team.
So how do you play hockey under water? Teams — who practice both swimming and weightlifting regularly — use short hockey sticks to push regular pucks across the floor of a swimming pool. Games take place in the shallow end so that the players, who wear goggles, snorkels, and fins, can come up for air to to signal for a substitute (it’s very tiring). The sport’s governing body is the Underwater Society of America, founded by skin-divers, which also governs underwater rugby.
Roger Bacon has no plans to take on that sport, says head coach Dr. Paul Wittekind.
Junior high students intending to attend Roger Bacon are eligible to play for the JV team, and a summer underwater hockey camp for students in sixth through eighth grades is scheduled June 11-15 at Xavier University. If interested, email Coach Wittekind.