EL CAJON, CA (KGTV) - Granite Hills High School senior Kobe Gaeir made his mark on the water polo team the minute he set his foot in the pool.
"I first knew water polo was my sport when I was in the eighth grade. Me and my water polo teammates went to Texas and I fell in love with the sport. It was the National Championship, we ended up getting fourth, and I just knew it was the sport I wanted to play."
Kobe felt like he was destined to play water polo for the Eagles, as it was a family tradition going back to the 1980's."
"Freshman year I was put on the varsity, and I got to play with my brother. He was the captain, and he set a good base for me for the next four years. I also got to be coached by my uncle which was really cool. We had so many good times, and so many good memories."
Kobe was also a member of the Granite Hills swimming and diving team, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, their hopes were dashed as soon as they hit the water. He says it was too bad, because they were expecting to have a really strong team.
"The other teams in the league have been so dominant, and this was our year to be the dominant team. It's very unfortunate we didn't get to finish."
But all is well, as Kobe will resume his water polo career when he heads to college in the fall.
"I'm going to Fresno Pacific to play water polo. I already know some of my friends who have gone up there, and my teammates have all gone to good schools. I'll get to play them in the league so that's really cool."