Athlete Profile: Brianna Smyth


Brianna Smyth, a senior in Academic Choice, had never even heard of water polo before she got to Berkeley High School. When her close friend Krithi De Souza, Class of ‘22 graduate and last year’s captain, recommended she try it, she did. Smyth has been a competitive swimmer for 10 years, and she has a special appreciation for water polo because of its unique sense of comradery. “Water polo is more lighthearted and fun instead of high-pressure because of the community,” she said. “When I’m playing, I feel excited, jittery, but not nervous because I have so much trust in my teammates.” Now in her senior year, Smyth is captain. “My main goal this season is to have every player feel successful and happy with their growth,” she shared. “I want everyone to come away from it satisfied.”