Bill Buchalter, Orlando Sentinel
Since leaving Winter Park as a two-time all-area water polo Player of the Year, Ory Tasman has been busy.
As a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he saw a lecture given by the Dalai Lama, which he called "the biggest non-athletic moment'' of his collegiate career to date. And that included working as an intern at Intel and having a hand in the company's commercials featuring actor Jim Parsons.
Talk about a big bang. And oh, by the way, Tasman was selected as one of 21 first-team All-Americans selected by water-polo coaches after last season.
"Earning All-American first team is an amazing honor, especially as a junior," said Tasman, a two-time all-area Player of the Year. "I was also named to the Division I All-American honorable-mention team, which, to me, in some ways, is more of an accomplishment with two brothers playing in college, and my oldest playing four years in Division I and never receiving that honor."
Tasman's brothers, Seth (Winter Park/Iona) and Ian (Winter Park/Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania), played water polo in college, and their father, Dean, played soccer at Stetson.
Tasman, who plays the driver position, led MIT to a 16-victory season, the most by the Engineers since 2007. Tasman scored 105 goals, a school record for a season that included seven against St. Francis College of New York. Tasman holds career record for goals (257).
As an athletic, Tasman has excelled. He isn't too shabby as a student, either.
"The sheer amount of work I have to do for school is incredible," he said. "I am in one class, Microcomputer Project Laboratory, which requires around 20 hours of work every week, and that is just one class. One nice thing about athletics at MIT is, there is a two-hour period every day, from 5-7 p.m., when all athletic teams have practice [and] there are no academic activities, classes, tests or office hours.
"With my class and sports schedule, it is difficult to find time to hang out with friends, watch TV, or play video games — relaxing activities."