Miami Springs Senior High Alum and Water Polo star, Drew Bauer, recently passed away on August 13, 2020, according to an article posted by The Fountain Hill Times. If memory serves me correctly, Drew graduated class of 1990. He was a swimming phenom, but his great love was water polo. (Back in the glory days when Miami Springs had a big pool that could support the sport.) Drew would go on to be the Miami Springs Pool Director during the mid 1990s.
According to the article, Bauer was “survived by his former wife, Marla Bauer; their children, Jackson and Sydney; his parents Richard and Judy Bauer; his siblings and their spouses, Lisa (Alex), TJ (Dolores) and Rob (Becca), and five nieces and nephews.”
To anyone who knew him, Bauer was a fun loving guy who loved the water. He wasn’t just captain of the water polo team at Miami Springs Senior High, but also at the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree.
According to the article, Drew interned with the U.S. Olympic Committee in Atlanta and “He continued to play, coach and promote water polo, most recently with Scottsdale Water Polo Club.”
In a loving tribute to what Drew loved most, “the family asks that any memorial contributions be made to USA Water Polo – Splashball, in memory of Drew R. Bauer: #6 Morgan, Ste. 1150 Irvine, CA 92618”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bauer family, friends, and loved ones. We lost a very loving and joyous man way too early.