Barron brings championship mentality to Fenwick water polo season
Fenwick's Colleen Barron lets loose a shot against Mother McAuley. | Judy Fidkowski~For Sun-Times Media
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Updated: April 8, 2013 6:44AM
Similar to the fall swimming season, Colleen Barron is getting used to playing water polo without her older sister around.
The Barron sisters of Darien have led Fenwick girls water polo to the last two state championships. Maureen Barron graduated after last year’s 10-7 championship win over Naperville Central at Stevenson. She led the Friars (32-3) with more than 46 assists on the season and ranked fourth in scoring, tallying twice in the state final.
Junior Colleen Barron did well without having Maureen Barron on the swim team in the fall, setting a state record in the 200-yard medley relay and taking second in the 200 free relay.
Her goal of winning a state water polo championship remains the same, but she’ll try to do it without her sister’s guidance in the pool.
“Obviously, it will be very different from last year,” Colleen Barron said. “She was always with me the whole time since I’ve been in high school for water polo and swimming too. It will be different without her.”
During the offseason, Colleen Barron played water polo when open pool time was available, usually on weekends. An elite swimmer, training for that sport usually came first, but Barron tried to balance the two as well as she could.
“I think I’m more of a water polo person,” Barron said. “I love swimming too, but I like water polo (more).”
Fenwick coach Jack Wagner said she has a variety of tools.
“Colleen is a great defender who has the ability to guard two meters or out on the perimeter,” Wagner said. “Offensively, she has a strong outside shot and the speed to lead the counter-attack.”
Barron is one of three Fenwick players from DuPage County, joining senior Paige Kohut (Clarendon Hills) and junior Janette Angelini (Darien). While Barron is one of three starters back, captain Mackenzie Bonk graduated after her goalkeeping directed the team to a state title. Her replacement is last year’s backup, junior Alexis Buglio.
Fenwick, which is ranked No. 1 in the preseason by illpolo.com, opens the season Monday with a home match against Loyola at 6:30 p.m.
The Friars will travel to Florida March 28-April 2 for a five-match tournament. They head to Michigan for another tournament in late April.