May 24, 2010
Q: Cody, for those not familiar with water polo tell us what your position is and as that position would your job in the pool is?
A: Water polo is a cross between soccer, hockey and basketball, but played in the water. My main postion is a driver. If you face the goal, the right hand side (4 - 5 side) is the side that left handers play. This is because of the angle of their shot. Really, I can play anywhere including posting up, but just not on the 1 - 2 side which is for the right handers. During the game, we try to get open for a shot through movement of the ball and our body position in the water.
Q: As one of the best players in the state your team looks to you to be a leader. How do you lead in the pool?
A: In the pool I try lead by example and demonstrate a good work ethic during practice. For games I look at what I'm doing for the team as opposed to my individual stats and teach while in the game since you sometimes can't hear what the coach is saying, so it's like being the in-pool coach.
Q: To you, what does being a leader mean?
A: To me being a leader means being one who knows the most, who can help be like I said in the answer above "the coach in the water". The person who will take the time to help a teammate with something they maybe doing wrong or help someone calm down before a big game. Most importantly, be a team player and know when it's your time to take over the game or to be the play maker and get your teammates involved. Because as a lot of you know, you can't win with one person --you need the team effort to be succesful.
Q: How have you spent your off-season trying to get better? What does your daily training regiment entail?
A: In water polo there really isn't any off season. We train all year around and usually get about 3 weeks off in August from end of club season to start of the high school season! This year after high school season I didn't take a break like I did the year before after we lost in playoffs. I went the day after and start lifting for the first time which was probably the biggest help for my personal offseason training. I believe the weights helped a lot especially with my swim times as i dropped to a 1:44 200 free and a 46+ 100. I also played with the college Olympic Development Program and played in several national men's training series tournaments. This has helped me a lot. During school for my normal training I would lift every morning from 530 to 645 and then have swim practice after school and later a water polo practice in the evening from 6 to 9. I worked very hard on eating right with a 6,000 calorie diet. As of right now, I have left school four weeks early and I am in Italy training with a professional team in Camogli, Italy.
Q: What are your personal goals for this season?
A: My personal goal for season is to bring back a CIF championship to Royal High School. It has been over 15 years since the last one.
Q: Are you going to play for the junior national team? What does representing your country mean to you?
A: Hopefully, I will be selected at the final national team selection camp June 24 - 28. I have been a National team member for the past 6 years. I was first selected as a 12 year old for the 14 yr old team in 2004 and have usually been on the team for players two years older than myself. It’s a big deal when you suit up and have USA on your cap and suit. It means you're playing for your country and that is a big honor. I have a personal interest in representing my country, as my uncle Jim Toring did in the 90's.
Q: What schools are recruiting you? How has your recruitment process been?
A: Yes and no, I'm getting letters from the colleges but I can't really be recruited because I'm only a 10th grader. I know the schools I'd like to go to and I somewhat know who is interested in me. I’m really looking forward to the next couple years and starting my recruting process. Most of the freshmen guys in college right now have been my teammates on the national team and they are good friends, so I'll be looking forward to playing with or against some of them again.