Student athlete profile - Holden Satre

Holden Satre


Clarendon Hills

When did you first start playing water polo?

I first started the summer between eighth and ninth grades because I knew the coach and I was a member of the country club. Because he was coaching, I just joined the team with him. I had been swimming for a really long time and water polo seemed like a fun way to stay in the water.

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

Honestly the best part of the sport is playing games. I just love the strategy and learning new plays.

How physical do games get?

Very physical. It takes a lot of endurance. We do a lot of cardio training. Since we're all swimmers, it comes a lot from long-distance swimming and low rest/high speed, stuff like that. A lot of energy is spent.

How have you improved since your freshman year?

Leadership. I've been a captain for two years now, so I've really stepped up as a leader. Also in regards to the game, I've improved in shooting, passing - really my knowledge of the game has progressed.

What is your goal for the season?

I guess my goal is to have everyone finish strong, finish on a high note. We've been underdogs in a lot of games, and I want to get some really big performances against tougher teams.

What are you most grateful for?

Everyone for coming out to play this year. From a leadership perspective, this is the team that has gotten along the best this year. The camaraderie is really great. It's really great to see everyone get along so well.

What are your plans for next year?

I'll be studying international relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and (playing water polo) through club teams.

Why does coach Christy Brodell like having Satre on the team?

Holden has been an instrumental piece to our team, inside and outside the water. Holden's enthusiasm and dedication are infectious to everyone on the team. He's committed to becoming a better athlete, but also motivates others to work hard in and out of season. His growth is a true testament to his loyalty and dedication to his team, the sport and his own personal growth. He will be missed immensely next year.

- profile by Pamela Lannom, photo by Jim Slonoff