Asked how he intends to replace Newchell, US coach Adam Kerkorian said: “It’s impossible.”
She said, “She is one of the best players who have ever played the game, and we have no one like her.”
“It’s a cliché, but she’s the next player, and there must be a lot of athletes entering this role.”
Nushul, 28, is from the water polo family. His mother, Cathy, is a teacher and physiotherapist. His sister Jimmy and Ryan try to form the US team for Tokyo.
Kelly Newchell helped lead Stanford to three NCAA titles, winning the Coutinho Prize in 2012 and 2015, and is the highest-scoring water polo player in the first division. He made his debut for the US national team in 2013 and scored 10 goals during the team’s march towards gold in Rio.
Although Neushul will never adjust to the United States again, sport remains an important part of his life. He said he swims “almost every day in hot weather,” and that he plans to play with the New York Athletic Club again at some point along the way. Her husband works as a coach for Pro Recco, one of the best professional teams in the world. Neushul helped make a group of boys and girls under the age of 12 in the Italian club.
“I love water polo. It’s a part of me. I can’t deny it in any way. I can’t deny it in any way. But playing, I don’t know, I was ready to move on.”