Jacobsen-Huse is Athletic Director at PHS.
She also swam in her Alma Mater and in 1970 wanted to trade back and forth with something a little more dynamic: water polo.
The only problem was that girls’ water polo was not very common. Pasadena High certainly did not have a team.
So in the same pool where she has been training and leading ever since, Jacobsen-Huse and her friends started one.
“They gave us time in the pool, they gave us water polo balls and some other high school boys who were boys were training us,” said Jacobsen-Huse.
They played after the swimming season and in their own time.
Two years later, he went to the University of California, Santa Barbara and started from scratch, forming a team, coached by the boys, without chasing any major trophies.
He caught it.
“In the first year, each of us hosted a tournament: Santa Barbara, San Diego and Chico State,” said Jacobsen-Huse. “It was great, we were undefeated!”
Everyone shared a bigger win.
It was the first year of Title IX, which protects people from gender discrimination in education or in activities that receive federal financial assistance.
This meant that the girls could play.
“We were celebrating this, but we had no idea how long it would take for it to really take effect,” said Jacobsen-Huse.
Until her final year, she traveled abroad for competitions.
But he would spend decades pushing for official representation in the California Intercollegiate Federation, the NCAA and the Olympics.
These efforts would later bring her to the Hall of Fame of water polo.
Which of course means that she and her teammates succeeded … in the end.
The CIF recognized girls’ water polo in 1998 and became an Olympic sport in 2000. The NCAA did so in 2001.
Jacobsen-Huse never saw her efforts come true as a player, but she certainly succeeded.
“It honestly makes me almost a little emotional,” said Kara-Leigh Huse, who has always had her role model by her side. “Not only did she open the way to water polo for us and me, but she is also my mom.”
Until she started playing competitively, the girls had opportunities at every level. Today, the NCAA has 65 women’s water polo schools.
Kara-Leigh Huse won a scholarship to the University of Southern California. Her mom heard her daughter’s name being announced from the newsstands.
And in 2010, 40 years after Jacobsen-Huse’s first team took the lead, Kara-Leigh Huse and its Trojans won the national championship, making their mark in history.
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