Team mates of University of the Pacific water polo player Nick Pasichuke say they can’t believe the outgoing freshman was involved in the rampage that killed seven people and injured 13 near Santa Barbara.
Some team members have visited him in the hospital and gratified that he seems to be recovering.
“It’s hard on me and it’s hard on the team,” Pacific water polo coach James Graham said.
Although a valuable member of a team that made it to the national championship, Graham says everyone is concerned about his well being first.
“My understanding is he shattered one leg and broke the other one,”Graham said.
Pasichuke said he was hit from behind from a car driven by Elliott Rodger, the man accused in the killings, who eventually killed himself.
Team mates say the tightly-knit water polo family at UOP will support Pasichuke during his lengthy recovery.
They say it’s devastating for a division one college athlete to work hard for the love of their sport only to see it taken away from them.
Pasichuke said from his hospital bed that he trying everything he can do to get better.
If he can’t recover in time for the fall water polo season, Pasichuke has several more years of eligibility and has a chance to contribute to the team in future years.