Social studies teacher Carlos Couzo got introduced to water polo when he joined his high school water polo team as a freshman at Miami High.
“I went in not knowing how to swim,” Couzo said. “But, by junior year, I was captain of the team, and water polo took over my life. By senior year, I would practice from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. before school and from 3-5:15 p.m. after school.”
All four years that Couzo played in Miami High, he played against MAST and each time he beat MAST.
“My junior year was the closest game. I remember [Calvin] Webb coached the MAST team that year, and it was a crazy game. We went to overtime, where the first team who scores wins. One of the MAST kids went on a fast break, and I chased him. We blocked him and were able to swim back and make a goal,” Couzo said.
Couzo still plays club water polo. He has been a referee for high school water polo for nine years, even refereeing games at MAST.