Men's Water Polo Releases Class of 2020
PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton men’s water polo head coach Luis Nicolao has revealed the team’s incoming class of 2020.
The Class of 2020 will bring in five players, all from the state of California. The five incoming freshmen will be asked to build on a Princeton team has been to the NCAA Tournament three times in the past seven seasons. “I look forward to seeing how these freshmen impact our program in many different ways,” said Nicolao. “We are all excited to have them be part of the Princeton family.”
During the 2015 season, the Tigers went 22-5 overall and 8-0 in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division play. The team went on to win the CWPA Southern Division for the second straight season and capture the CWPA Championship.
Mater Dei High School
Santa Ana, Calif.
High School: 2015 All-Trinity League first team, team Offensive Player of the Year, CIFSS DI champion and All-CIF first team … Team won Calif. State High School Championship ... 2014 All-Trinity League second team and CIFSS DI finalist
Club Team: Played for the United Water Polo Club (10U-14U) and Regency (16U-18U) ... Two-time National Junior Olympics All-American first team (12U, 2011), (18U, 2015) ... All-American honorable mention in 2013 (16U) ... Team won the gold medal in the 18U Junior Olympics (2014) ... Scored silver medal in 2011 (14U) and bronze in 2015 (18U) ... Club won 2015 19U Ironman and North/South Tournaments
Academic: Three-time USAWP Academic All-American … 2016 Gold Cord Recipient … Mater Dei Academic Award all four years … Water Polo and Swim Team Scholar Athlete … AP Scholar Award during junior season … Calif. Scholastic Federation member
ODP/National Team: 2013-14 Olympic Development Program (ODP) Cadet member … Selected to the UANA team in 2013 … ODP team member in 2012 ... Participated in the ODP National Training Selection Camp in 2012 … 2012 ODP Pacific Coast Regional All-Championship Team
The Bishop School
La Jolla, California
High School: Two-time All-CIF San Diego Section first team and team captain (2014-15) … Team placed second three consecutive seasons (2012-14) in the CIF San Diego Section (Division III and Open Division) … Was on the swim team for two years … School record holder in the 50-yard freestyle (21.66 seconds) … 2014 San Diego City Conference 50-yard freestyle champion (22.02 seconds) … Back-to-back San Diego City Conference 100-yard freestyle champion (2014, 47.67 seconds, 2015, 47.75 seconds)
Club Team: San Diego Shores and San Miguel Water Polo Clubs … Won four gold medals in the Junior Olympics platinum division (2008, 10U), (2010, 12U), (2012, 14U) and (2014, 16U) … MVP in that tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2012 … Two-time Junior Olympics All-American (2014, first team, 16U), (2015, honorable mention, 18U) … Team captain for seven years (2008-15) … Picked up gold medals in back-to-back years (2010-11) in Champions/Turbo Cup … Twice won gold at the US Club Championships in 2012 (14U) and 2014 (16U) along with MVP award in 2014 … Tallied two more gold medals in the California Cup State Championship in 2010 (12U) and 2014 (16U).
Academic: 2014 USA Water Polo Academic All-American … Made the San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Water Polo Team in 2014 and 2015 and All-Academic Swim Team in 2015
ODP/National: Played for the USA Men’s Cadet National Team in 2014
Bellarmine College Prep
San Jose, Calif.
High School: Three-year varsity player … Two-time captain … 2014 and 2015 All-WCAL and All-CCS first team … San Jose Mercury News first team in 2015, second team accolade in 2014 … All-American sixth team (2015) … Team won two CCS championships (2013 and 2015) and the 2015 WCAL
Club Team: Played for West Valley in the Junior Olympics for three years (2014-16)
Academic: Three-time outstanding Academic All-American
Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Four-year letterwinner … Was part of three straight Mission League championships (2013-15) and CIF runner-up (2015) … Team won two CIF Southern Section titles (2013-14) including an undefeated 29-0 record in 2014
Club Team: Played for the Premier Water Polo … Starter on the 2013 18U Platinum Junior Olympics fourth place team and runner-up squads in 2014 and 2015 … 2014 Junior Olympics All-American second team (18U) … Squad was a two-time United States Club champion (2010-11) and scored two more Junior Olympic titles (2009, 2011)
Academic: Made the honor roll every year
ODP/National Team: Cadet National Team in 2013 … Member of the Development National Squad in 2012
High School: Three-time All-PAL first team and NISCA All-American … 2015 PAL MVP … Twice was Ca-Hi All-American ... 2015 All-CCS first team, DII Co-Player of the Year ... Two-time All-CCS second team ... 2014 Division II second team ... 2013 Division II first team ... School team won the 2013 and 2015 PAL champion along with winning the conference tournament in 2014 and 2015 ... Squad went three straight years to the CCS finals ... Team won the 2014 Roche Tournament.
Club Team: Stanford Water Polo Club ... 2015 Kap 7 18U silver medal ... 2013 Junior Olympics and club championship silver medalist ...
Academic: AP Scholar … National Merit Scholar: Commended Student