When many swimmers get out of the pool for the season, there are others at Carroll who are jumping back in to start a new type of season.The Carroll water polo team boasts a vast majority of swimmers off the state title swim squads to compete in a non-UIL sport that has to be one of the most demanding.Head coach Joey Yglesias said not only does a water polo player have to stay afloat during the full course of action, “but you’re also wrestling someone at the same time.”The Carroll team has been slow to blossom this season under the first-year coach, but most of the slow start has to do with the fact that Dragons swimmers were competing until mid-February in the state meet.“We had our first tournament in early March and we’ll have the state championships in May,” Yglesias said. “It’s a short season, but there are about 30 teams in this area.”In that first outing, Yglesias said they got off to a rough start at the Flower Mound tournament against Denton and Colleyville Heritage but that the Dragons are now at full strength.Monday, the Dragons were to host Flower Mound during Senior Night, but results were not available prior to the print deadline.At the Denton Tournament, Carroll competed with a mixture of boys and girls together in the boys division, as well as a girls team. Many players were off on spring break, so the combo teams were assembled for competition.As it was, the “boys” and girls teams each went 1-1 and the JV went 2-0.Carroll will soon be focused on competing in the North Region tournament, which they will host in mid-April before also hosting the state championships.With the season at about the halfway point, Yglesias noted the play thus far of four boys who have helped bring the program to challenge for another top finish after finishing fifth in the state last season.Kyle McCall, just a sophomore, is a dual threat. Yglesias said he is able to shut down the opponent with his defense and also transition into a scorer.“When Kyle gets going, he’s something else,” Yglesias said.Another sophomore, John Cox, adds experience in the water, while senior Matt Parra and junior John Rematta also bring leadership.Parra had left swimming but continues to be back in the pool for the water polo season.Rematta is one of the better swimmers, according to Yglesias and referred to him as “shining as a leader. Even out of the pool, he’s on the bench leading the team,” said the coach.The girls are not at a loss for standouts, either.Seniors Veronica Hadley and Yassi Sahba have played the sport quite a while and help lead the team with their knowledge base. “They are truly leaders in the pool,” Yglesias said.Also stepping up is sophomore Ashley Baker, who has become the team’s leading scorer.“She knows how to drive toward the goal, take the pass and score,” Yglesias said of Baker.Carroll will get in additional games this weekend at a tournament in Duncanville before starting to focus on preparations for the North Region tournament.