Congratulations to Jackson ’21 who participated in last weekend’s USA Water Polo Olympic National Team Selection Camp, an invitation-only camp, and was selected for the US National team as one of the top two goalies in the country!
The Camp brings together the best players in the country who were selected and played for their respective “zone teams” at Zone Championships held earlier this year. Jackson plays for the Mountain Zone which represents the Four Corners states.
“It is very rare for any USNWP team member to come from outside California,” said Josh Sanders, Jackson’s father. “Jack has made the national team two years in a row. This has never been done by a men’s player in his zone. He is one of the elite student-athletes in the country.”
Jackson will now go on to compete internationally for the Team USA Cadet team in August in Serbia and Montenegro. The Cadet team is just three levels below the Senior National team (a.k.a. The Olympians!).
But it’s not just in the water that Jackson excels. He’s able to manage the rigors of the classroom with a heavy travel schedule, and still maintain 4.0 GPA. And those who know him say he’s an all-around great kid—hardworking, kind, empathetic, giving, and humble.
Congratulations, good luck, and keep up the good work, Jackson!
Jackson is a water polo player for Albuquerque Water Polo Club and represents Bosque School in the New Mexico High School Water Polo League. He’s been playing water polo since 2015. He became interested in a team sport after participating in club swimming for many years. As a strong swimmer, water polo was a good choice for Jackson. Plus, Jackson was familiar with the sport as his grandfather once played for the University of New Mexico.