Versatility earns honor

The California Baptist University men’s water polo team is in the midst of a powerful season. Included in the roster is David Ring, senior criminal justice major and utility player, who has made an impact in and out of the pool.

In his freshman year, Ring posted 25 goals on the season, 24 goals in his sophomore year and 48 goals in his junior year. Ring is also on the men’s swim team at CBU. Ring said he is looking to make just as big of an impact in his senior season as well.

Ring’s presence in the pool has been prominent this season, as he has helped lead the team to several victories. Since the seaon began, Ring has picked up a Western Water Polo Association Player of the Week honor.

Ring said he chose CBU because he met the team on a recruiting trip and enjoyed the experience.

“I love the team and I love the school,” Ring said. “I really love the program and I love that I can do both sports here.”

Ring also added that the atmosphere at CBU attracted him to the campus.

“Everyone here is really great, Christian people that you can fellowship (with) and I love my team,” he said.

Ring said the best part about playing water polo is the sportsmanship that goes along with it.

“My team and I are a band of brothers and we hang out outside of water polo,” Ring said. “I also like the physicality and athleticism of the sport.”

Ring added he feels great and humbled about being named a WWPA Player of
the Week.

Kevin Rosa, head coach of the men’s water polo team, said Ring is a great asset to CBU.

“He’s been here for a long time swimming and playing water polo,” Rosa said. “This year as a senior, he stepped into a leadership role and lately
he’s been playing good water polo.”

Rosa said Ring is a versatile player.

“He’s one of the fastest players in the pool, but he can also go in at center because he’s big and he’s strong and can play center defense,” Rosa said.

During the Lancer Invite held Oct. 9-10, Ring had a big weekend, posting seven goals to help lead the Lancers to a 3-1 record on the weekend.

Ring said he plans to continue being a leader and try to lead his team further into the season. The men’s water polo team will be in action again Oct. 24 on the road to take on No. 16-ranked conference opponent Santa Clara.

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