There is really no easy way to connect the dots linking the two sports Liz Seward has chosen to pursue in her life.
And the sports couldn't be more different.
When Seward, 25, graduated from Burroughs High in 2006, she was a decorated water polo player, earning first-team All-Area and all-league accolades. But after graduating from UC Irvine, she has decided to go in a completely different direction. Instead of using her talents in the pool, Seward now competes internationally in the martial art of sumo.
For nearly two weeks, Seward has been in Cali, Colombia, competing for the United States in the 2013 World Games. In the sumo competition, she took part in the women's middleweight event as well as the open division.
"My experience in water polo has definitely helped me with sumo wrestling," said Seward, who earned All-Almont League honors as a senior, scoring 38 goals. "I used to play set in polo, which is basically wrestling underwater. Also, both sports require strength, intensity, and are high impact."