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Menlo water polo standout gets some special training

Menlo junior Nick Bisconti took his offseason training to a new level, more than 5,000 feet higher. Bisconti was one of six junior water polo players invited to train with the U.S. Senior National Team for 10 days recently at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Bisconti, the only player invited from Northern California, trained with the entire senior national team -- made up of mostly college students -- as well as some players like 2012 Olympian and Cal star John Mann. The goal of the session for the junior players was twofold: for the team to get in shape and for the juniors to start preparing for international competition this summer.

Two months ago, the junior team worked out in Irvine and, while there, senior team coach Dejan Udovicic talked to Bisconti.

He mentioned "how I would have to ramp up my level of training at Menlo in order to prepare for training at the OTC," Bisconti said. "A week later, I got an email . . . inviting me out to train with the team for 10 days. What I didn't realize until I got there was that there were only six other junior team members there."

The players trained in the pool twice a day for three hours, attended meetings on a range of subjects, including sports nutrition, psychology, and talked with members of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and closed the day watching film from senior team international competition.

— Menlo School Athletics

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