Jovian and Jarren Peng lead water polo to victory
As the captains of junior varsity and varsity water polo, freshman Jovian Peng and his brother senior Jarren Peng are able to bond and express themselves through the sport as they lead their teams through an undefeated season in league. The two like to challenge and learn from each other both in the pool and outside of it when dealing with issues like responsibility.
Jarren had first gotten into the sport when he came across a flyer for a club team, the Racers. After a year of playing with the team, he introduced the sport to Jovian by having him watch the games he played with the team and studying the tactics of their plays. When Jarren made it to the 2014 Junior Olympics for the sport, it intrigued Jovian even further and compelled him to play the sport with his brother.
“At first [Jovian] wasn’t really into it, and then he watched us play a few games at the Junior Olympics of 2014. He saw how exciting it was and the intensity of it, and he liked it, so he decided to give it a try,” Jarren said.
After watching Jarren’s games with the Racers, Jovian developed the interest in water polo and wanted to join the club team so that he could make it on the team in high school. Water polo became something that both of them were able to come closer together upon.
“Well, I want [Jovian] to become varsity captain at some point in high school, and I want him to become better with not only using the skills he’s learned from me, but also the ones he’s learned from the club team and the school team. I want him to make it to CIF and to win,” Jarren said.
As Jovian’s role model, Jarren inspires Jovian to expand his skills by practicing at least six hours a week and teaches him how to move around someone when blocked, or how to make hard shots into the goal.
“When we’re at home, I’ll make sure he does his homework and finishes most of it, if not all before we go to practice, and we do our chores and stuff so that we can continue playing on the teams. At school, we have to virtually do the same thing so that our grades stay up, and so that we don’t get kicked off the team or anything like that by our parents,” Jarren said.
Water polo has become a field for the brothers to push each other to higher levels. Not only is it the first sport they have played together, but they can also share the experiences of growing through challenges.
“I’m very honored this year to have been given the position of junior varsity captain as a freshman, and I [am] excited to see where my water polo career takes me in the years to come. I want to make it as the varsity captain because I want to be as good as Jarren and maybe possibly make it to the Junior Olympics as he had,” Jovian said.
By Tristan Gonzalez, Staff writer
Photo by Jeffrey Tran