Grant Rauterkus, 16, South Side resident and 10th grade student athlete from Pittsburgh Obama Academy, participated in two national events since Wedsday to Sunday.
First was a research poster he was first author with based on sound quality measurements with musicians hearing protection of fellow classmates in the school's steel drum band to the American Academy of Audiology annual conference, branded Audiology NOW! (http://www.AudiologyNOW.org) in the Orange County Convention Center is Orlando, Florida. The scientific and professional meeting is the largest event for that profession with more than 7,000 registered, including a 2014 NFL Super Bowl player, Derrick Coleman, of the Seattle Seahawks, and spokesperson and user Duracell hearing aid batteries.
Second, Grant traveled to the Dallas area to be a starter for the A team for the Northeast Zone (includes Pa to Md, to Maine) team as part of USA Water Polo's Olympic Development Program, East/West Boys Regional Championships playing for the Red Squad, grades 9 and 10. His team won 2 matches on Saturday beating the Mountain (includes Colorado) and Pacific Northwest (includes Seattle) squads by greater than 10 goals in each game. A two goal loss came in Sunday's first game to the Southwest (includes Texas) team. The final game was a win, 16-8, over Southeast (includes Florida). Grant scored on a play from the 2 post on a man up opportunity.
Third, Throughout the water polo tournament the USA National Team Coaches evaluate all the players and make invitations to a "USA Water Polo Selection Camp" to be held in May in California. Results of those tryouts make players that are put onto the various Junior USA squads for future international tournaments. This invite to the selection camp, the first ever earned by Grant, puts him in the final stages for opportunities to join USA squads for his age group. This pathway eventually leads to the picking of USA Olympic Games Team and helps tremendously in becoming a blue-chip recruit for college water polo teams and scholarships.
Background: Many other players and coaches from the greater Pittsburgh area participated this weekend with the boys and last weekend in Salt Lake City with the girls event. Tiger Water Polo's squad had players in all age groups and helped the Notheast Zone win its third consecutive championship game in the oldest age group of 11th and 12th grade players.
Other sources are available for follow up, after contacting me including:
Mr Starsenic, Tiger Club President and Northeast Zone coach for 7th and 8th grade players. His son Max, 11th grade, was 2013 PA water Polo player of the year for State Champions, North Allegheny High School. They are going to the west coast to visit UCLA, USC and other possible colleges for Max in 2 years.
Grant's Club Coach, Nikola M, of Tiger Water Polo.
Grant's zone coach, Chad, assistant at GWU.
Grant's father, me, Mark Rauterkus, is also Grant's varsity swimming and golf coach. On Saturday morning, I was in the Bayor Medical Center in Grapevine, Texas with surgery to remove my appendix, so I have no photos to send at this point.
Coach Greg Kinzler of the Plum area who was an assistant coach with the Northeast Zone goalies. Is son, Greg Jr, played too and is now in 11th grade.
Rick Swartz, CEO of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, sponsor of the Summer Dreamers Swim and Water Polo Camps that will operate with nearly 200 PPS students at Langley, Carmalt and Faison schools.
Jeffery Igims, Grant's Elem PPS PE teacher and an activity camp coordinator for the Summer Dreamers site at Pittsburgh Langley K-8.
Grant and some of his PPS and club mates has been coaches with PPS Summer a Dreamers Swim & Water Polo Camps.
Grant travels on Monday back to Pittsburgh and should be at school on Tuesday.
In the weeks to come 4 USA Water Polo Olympians will lead a clinic at University of Pittsburgh. A squad from Greenwich, Ct, will be in Pittsburgh to give some games to the Pittsburgh players the day before the weekend clinic.
Thanks for your interest. Feel free to follow up. I will do my best to assist.
Mark Rauterkus Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
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