Athlete of the Issue: Jack Fellner

Fellner advances down the pool in search of the perfect shot opportunity.

Fellner advances down the pool in search of the perfect shot opportunity.

by Nicola Gonzales and Natalie Wapniarski

In recent years, the Miramonte boys water polo team has experienced nothing but success due to extreme talent and hard work. Everyone is an essential member of the team, but if you ask the players, they will all agree that Jack Fellner ‘13 easily has the strongest shot of the team. This past summer, Fellner was selected to play with the Junior National Team for the Junior UANA Championships in Montreal, Canada.
Fellner has been playing water polo since seventh grade, starting out with Lamorinda Water Polo Club, and began playing with Miramonte as a freshman. Water polo has defined Fellner’s life in a sense that it takes up a lot of time. When he was practicing with the Junior National team, he was down in Los Angeles for two weeks, in the pool for four hours a day. If he makes the cut, he has the opportunity to play in Australia.
“It really was an honor to be playing with the best players in the country,” Fellner said.
Playing for three different teams can be stressful, and Fellner admits to liking his high school team the most out of the three. Coached by Miramonte history teacher James Lathrop, the team won NCS in sudden death overtime against San Ramon Valley last November, regaining the title from Acalanes. Fellner played a huge role in that game, primarily as a perimeter shooter. Winning that NCS game is Fellner’s favorite water polo memory so far. He likes high school the best because he’s with all of his friends and it’s less stressful.
“The guys are more fun on the high school team, and you get to joke around more often,” said Fellner.
In terms of college, Fellner is looking seriously towards Cal, UCLA and USC. Each has an outstanding water polo program, and Fellner’s uncles played at Cal. Before games, Fellner has a variety of routines he likes to utilize. For example, he stretches, meditates, sings, and dances, all in preparation for a good game.
“I also really like GU,” said Fellner, referencing the popular Gatorade brand goo.
“Jack Fellner has been doing a great job this season. He was the leading scorer of our first five games, he is a great leader and we are expecting great things from him this upcoming season,” Lathrop said.
Teammates of Fellner have nothing but good things to say regarding his character and actions in the water.
“I couldn’t be happier about his succes. He’s always been good at every sport he’s played so it comes as no surprise to me,” senior Patrick Fabian said.
In what little spare time Fellner has outside of school and polo, he really enjoys surfing in Santa Cruz, Ocean Beach and Pacifica. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.