WEST POINT, N.Y. (March 20, 2013) —The West Point Water Polo team hosted its largest invitational tournament ever on the weekend of March 1.
Seventeen teams competed in over forty matches using three pools in Arvin Gymnasium as part of the 4th annual Captain John Hallett Memorial Tournament. The water polo team hosts this tournament in honor of John Hallett, the former captain of the West Point Water Polo team who was killed in action in southern Afghanistan in 2009.
Teams competing in the tournament are allowed to submit a donation in lieu of their entry fees to Wear Blue: Run to Remember, a charitable organization founded by Lisa Hallett, John’s wife, who began the running organization as a means of coping with the loss of her husband.
John Hallett’s mother and brother, Wendy and Chris Hallett, joined the team for the weekend, starting several of the games and speaking to the tourney participants. Chris even shared a special moment with the team as he suited up and played alongside West Point in one of their games.
Despite organizing the tournament, lifeguarding and running the score clocks for three table simultaneously, the West Point Water Polo team still competed in the tournament, playing six games and finishing fourth overall.
Two noteworthy victories were the 20-7 victory over the Coast Guard Academy and the 15-9 victory over the U.S. Naval Academy club team, marking the fifth consecutive win of Army Water Polo over Navy Water Polo.
The tournament was won by the New York Athletic Club, who bested the USNA varsity team in the finals to receive first place honors.
An age-group select team from Greenwich, Conn., was also undefeated in the tournament.