She was inspired to start playing Water Polo thanks to Karyn Bartosic ’18 and the rest of the Girls Swim Team, most of whom also play Water Polo. Coach Chuck Elrick commented, “Paige just started playing Water Polo last year. She took to the game right away, her skills improved, and she earned the respect of the other girls on the team. She understands the game and will only improve as a player throughout this season.”
Though she started late in her Hopkins career, DeVoe says she is absolutely devoted to the sport and her teammates. For her, the best part about Hopkins Water Polo has undoubtedly been the team. She has always felt a sense of unity among her teammates and as a captain,she feels the importance of the team growing together. Teammate Emi Aniskovich ’20 said, “Paige is a great captain because she really cares about everyone on the team and she is always making sure that everyone is happy. She makes a point of checking in with each girl after every game and congratulating them on what they did well. She is a great player in her own right, but more importantly, she is a great team player.”
Because DeVoe’s favorite part about Water Polo is her team, she shared that her most important job as a captain is unifying the team and making sure that there is a really strong bond between each and every player. Co-captain, Katie Broun ’19 agreed, “Paige is always looking out for other team members and teaching new players the difficult game. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met and is a star both in and out of the pool.”
One of her favorite Water Polo memories is the qualifying game for the New England’s championship title last year. The team lost and everyone was upset; however, they all hugged one another and took the loss as a team. “It was just so great to be a part of team and experience that together,” said DeVoe.
As she’s spent time on the team, DeVoe has gained a lot of skill and has become a stronger and better player. Teammate Nina Engerman ’22 says, “She helped teach me, and still offers pointers and encouragement. She is strong and fast, which she uses to her advantage in the pool. Overall she is a great captain, person, and player.”
In regards to her increase in confidence, whichis vital to her and her team, Elrick said, “As a captain, Paige can relate to the begingner player, because she was one last year, as well as those players that have been playing for four years. What she contributes is confidence.”
Water Polo can be a very violent sport but as a captain, DeVoe says she hopes to inspire in others her same confident mentality that is key during games. She struggled when she started the sport and said, “It’s really hard in the beginning. Last year I almost quit. It’s mentally tiring and physically tiring because you’re treading in the water for two hours, but the game itself is so fun. It’s really hard but really worth it.”
DeVoe hopes to continue playing next year by trying out for the club Water Polo team at the University of Notre Dame.