Athlete of the Month: Chajan dives into high school water polo


Satenik Ayrapetyan

Junior Brisa Chajan takes a momentary break in the pool during water polo practice at Birmingham Community Charter High School on Nov. 4. This is Chajan’s first year playing water polo after being on the varsity swim team in her sophomore year.

Giselle Garzon

Every month, we recognize two student athletes, one from a boys team and another from a girls team, for their performance on the field. This month we recognize Brisa Chajan.

Chajan spent time on the varsity swim team last year. She has done water polo before but not at the high school level. She is ready to give this winter season her all.

Q: When did you start playing water polo?

A: I started when I was maybe like 12 for a little bit. I started getting back in again this year. I’ve been on the swim team with them before but never with water polo. But for swimming, it’s only been for a few years.

Q: What’s your favorite part about doing water polo at Birmingham?

A: Just kind of like my teammates. It’s just, you know, being around them.

Q: Why did you decide to do water polo? Did someone inspire you?

A: My brother because he did it before so it kind of encouraged me to be as good as him.

Q: How did your brother being on the water polo team encourage you to join as well?

A: I saw how much fun he was having. All the teamwork and team building there was so I wanted to do that too.

Q: What are some of your goals for this season?

A: To make it to varsity, go to championships and try to win most of the tournaments we go to.

Q: Do you ever get intimidated by other teams? If so why?

A: Yeah I think there’s like a few schools that would be intimidating but I have my teammates there so I’ll be prepared.

Q: Do you plan to pursue water polo as a career?

A: I mean I think in college depending on which one I go to I feel like I would want to play water polo there but as a career, I don’t think so.