Through numerous practices a week and being with each other through victories and losses, water polo teammates and brothers, Spencer and Tanner Shore, share an
Spencer Shore, senior marketing major and driver, and Tanner Shore, freshman international business major and utility player, were raised in a family full of water polo players and have been playing the sport for about 10 years. Although they have not played on a team together before, both Spencer and Tanner said they are excited to finally experience the sport together.
“Especially with my last year, it’s cool that I finally get to play one with my brother,” Spencer said.
Now on the same team, the Shore brothers agree that practicing and playing in games together has strengthened their relationship.
Kevin Rosa, head coach of the men’s water polo team, said Spencer has set an example for Tanner, and both strive to become stronger players.
“Having Spencer on the team has helped Tanner have a smooth transition into college,” Rosa said. “Tanner was immediately comfortable and fit in with the team. Spencer is a leader on the team and that gave Tanner immediate credibility on
However, Tanner is not the only one influenced by Spencer. Coach Rosa adds that Spencer has stepped up to the task of being the person that his teammates can look up to.
“I think that Spencer has been influenced by having his brother on the team quite a bit,” Rosa said. “He knows that Tanner will be watching him so he is making sure that he sets a good example not only for Tanner but for all of the
As the season continues, Tanner said he has already learned a lot from his older brother and desires to carry on his legacy when he
“I have been watching Spencer go through college and he has really made a name for himself, and I really want to carry that on,” Tanner said.
To have the support of a brother has made the difference for both Spencer and Tanner, as they are considered valued and respected players.
With the help of the Shore brothers, the team will face Concordia University Irvine on the road in a regular season, non-conference game Nov. 13. The conference tournament will be Nov. 20-21.