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Athlete of the Week: 10 Questions with Alex Mora, Malibu water polo
Alexandria Mora, 16, is a sophomore utility player for the Malibu High School water polo team.
How did you first get into water polo?
I first got into water polo when my twin brother, Julian, started playing in sixth grade. He encouraged me to try it and when I did I was hooked.
What about it was so enticing to you?
It’s a very physical and fast-paced sport that requires a lot of mental and physical strength. When I first started playing I realized I was capable of a lot more than I knew, which intrigued me.
How have you improved since you started playing?
I have improved a lot since starting off on the Malibu youth water polo team by participating in club water polo, which is much more competitive. I have also been involved in the Olympic development program for the past two years and was selected again this year to play on the California Coastal Zone team, where we will play in the national championship tournament in March. From all these experiences I’ve been exposed to high level coaching and improved a lot.
What is the hardest part about balancing being a student-athlete?
I have to travel a lot for club competitions, so I would say managing my time and planning ahead so I can get all my work done is the most challenging. During the high school season I miss class a lot for games, and missing AP Euro has been a challenge.
Who was/is your biggest role model and why?
My biggest role model is Maggie Steffens because she is an amazing athlete who has played on the U.S. National Team and won the gold medal with her team in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, all while she was an undergrad at Stanford. She inspires me to push myself to become a better athlete and student.
What are your thoughts on the season so far?
I am very proud of our accomplishments this year. The whole team has improved a lot. We are currently ranked first place in our league and fourth in all of Division 5. I’m looking forward to CIF competition and I hope we go far.
What are your hobbies outside of water polo?
I love photography and exploring the outdoors. Last summer I backpacked through Yosemite for four days with my friends and it inspired me to travel more and capture the incredible moments.
What are your plans for college?
I’m still trying to narrow down my focus as to what I’d like to major in. But, I definitely would love to keep playing water polo in college.
Is there any one moment from this season that sticks out to you by far?
Yes, beating Foothill Tech last week was amazing because last year they beat us in league. We have also beat a lot of teams that are in higher divisions than us which is a great accomplishment.
What is your dream job?
I would love to be a traveling photojournalist.
Interview by Freelance Reporter Ryan Flynn.