September 4, 2014
Kathleen Schafle, a junior who attends Vintage High School, was selected by the United States Water Polo Olympic Development Program (ODP) to participate in an Elite Training Camp. The camp began Saturday and ends on Wednesday at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
The purpose of the camp is to continue to train, educate and evaluate potential USA national team pipeline athletes and Olympians.
Some Olympic Development Program activities may take place during the scholastic high school water polo seasons for some athletes around the country.
The ODP elite training camp is organized by USA Water Polo through the Olympic Development Program.
U.S. Water Polo has a history of success in the Olympic Games; most recently with the USA women winning the gold medal in London in 2012 and the men winning the silver medal in Beijing in 2008.
Schafle participated in the Olympic Development Program Regional Tournament in March, playing as the Central California A-Team’s starting center defender.
Schafle is a key player on the Crushers’ water polo team, which won the Monticello Empire League title in 2013. She was selected to the All-MEL team, the All-Napa County team, and the All-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section second team. She was Vintage’s top defensive player, breaking the school record for most steals in a season (146).
She is also on the Vintage swim team, swims competitively year-round for the Napa Valley Swim Team, and plays year-round with Napa Valley Water Polo.