Rob positions himself to take a shot on goal
On Sunday, July 22, boys' water polo standout Rob Sutherland '12 was named a fifth-team All-American by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA). Rob becomes the first boys' water polo player to earn All-American status since Jamie Todes '01 in 2000. He also was named to the All-East Prep first team.
The Denton, Tex. native spent the 2011-12 school year at The Hill as a United States Naval Academy post-graduate. Rob teamed up with fellow Navy post-graduate Richard Thomas '12 (Long Beach, Calif.) to form an offensive duo that was difficult for opposing defenses to contain. In just 20 games, Rob scored 107 goals, tied for fifth all-time in program history; his average of 5.35 goals per game is second all-time. He scored seven or more goals in a game nine times, and also led the team in assists, field blocks, and ejections drawn.
"Rob is one of the best water polo players to ever play for The Hill," said boys' head coach Doug Jones. "His dominance on the offensive end of the pool was a major factor in our success this season, as he helped guide us to the championship game of the Eastern Prep Tournament for the first time since 2002."
Rob currently is completing his Plebe summer at Navy, where he and Richard will join fellow Hill alumnus Eugene Chang '10 on the Men's Water Polo team.