One To Grow On
Fifth-year senior Erin Manke had to sit and watch a year ago, and she couldn't be happier as she leads the Lions into 2014.
Feb. 7, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- Entering her fourth season with the LMU women's water polo team, Erin Manke made the decision to use a redshirt season, forcing her to sit and view the game from a new perspective. As she enters her fifth season in the pool for the Lions, the year off has propelled her growth into a senior leader.
Manke sat down with LMU Sports Network to talk about her year off, the start of her fifth and final season with the Lions, her goals in and out of the water, and how important this year's team is to her.
With a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies already in her pocket, Manke is working towards her Masters in Educational Studies. With the goal to some day teach and coach at her alma mater of Bishop Alemany High School, Manke has already become a leader in the water for the Lions.
"See used her time out of the pool very wisely, really learned and prepared herself to be ready for this season," said Head Coach Kyle Witt. "She understands the LMU system so well, and her communication is some of the best we have ever had here from a player. The combination of those makes her such a positive influence for us."
The Lions have started the season 3-1 and moved from No. 16 to No. 11 in the national poll. Manke and the Lions will next head to the UC San Diego Triton Invitational where they will look to get Witt his 100th win as head coach of the Lions on Saturday when they open with No. 16 UC Santa Barbara at 12:30 pm.
LMU and UCSB are in the same group with host UC San Diego and Marist College, who will play at 11:10 am. The winners of those two games meet at 5:50 pm, while the loser play at 4:30 pm. All four games in that group will be played at Triton pool on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, Calif. Action continues on Sunday at both the Canyonview Pool and the Triton Pool.
For complete details, visit the Triton Invite Tournament Central.