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Women's Water Polo Class of 2020
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

Women's Water Polo Announces Class of 2020

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/09/2016
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PRINCETON, N.J. – The Princeton women’s water polo team has announced the program’s class of 2020.

Wrapping up the 2016 season, the Class of 2020 features five incoming players all from the state of California. Each player brings a unique set of skills to a program that has been to Collegiate Water Polo Association’s (CWPA) semifinals five straight years. “We are very excited to be adding this talented group of freshmen,” said head coach Luis Nicolao.

This season, the Tigers posted a third-place finish in the 2016 CWPA Championship to finish 19-7 overall. Sophomores Haley Wan, Chelsea Johnson and senior Pippa Temple were named to the All-CWPA Tournament teams. Wan and Temple were also picked to the All-CWPA second team for their stellar performances during the regular season.

Abbey Blake
Seal Beach, Calif.
Los Alamitos High School

High School: Senior season saw her named Sunset League Most Valuable Player, CIF All-County first team, All-League first team and Los Alamitos High School Offensive Player of the Year … All-League second team during 2015 campaign … MVP of the 2013 Western High School Tournament … Los Alamitos High School 2013 Swimming Coaches’ Award  … Water Polo team won the Sunset League Championship in 2014 and 2016 … Helped squad reach the CIF quarterfinals in 2013, 2015 and semifinals in 2014 … 2016 Cal Cup State Finals silver medal team

Club Team: Played on the gold medal national championship team during 2010 and 2014 seasons … Junior Olympics squad won the silver medal in 2010 and bronze medals in 2013, 2014 … Three-time National Junior Olympics All-American (2008-10, 2014)

Academic: USA Water Polo Academic All-American (2013-16) … National Honor Society … Certificate of Excellence from Department of World Language in Spanish II Honors … Principal’s Honor Role and Sunset League All-Academic team (2012-16)

ODP/National Team: Competed for the US National Cadet squad and was on the All-Championship team (2013-14) … Traveled with the national team to Hungary in 2014

Amy Castellano
Yorba Linda, Calif.
Yorba Linda High School

High School: Set the school record for career goals (369) and goals in a single season (118) … Captain as junior and senior … Two-time All-Crestwood League first team (2014-16), All-Empire first team and All-CIF Division Six (2012-14)  … Team MVP from 2013-15 and 2013-14 Offensive Player of the Year … School team won the CIF Division Six championship in 2012-13 and followed that up with a runner-up finish the next season … Squad also won back-to-back Empire League titles (2012-14)

Club Team: Two-time USA Water Polo Junior Olympics U16 All-American (honorable mention, 2013), (first team, 2016)

Academic: CIF 2015-16 Southern Section Student Athlete of the Year … Four-year recipient of the Academic Mustang Achievement Award … Scholar Athlete four straight years … USA Water Polo Academic All-American 2013-15

Maddy Damato
Mission Viejo, Calif.
El Toro High School

High School: Scored 113 goals, dished out 117 assists and snagged 120 steals in her high school career … Set single-season record with 78 drawn ejections … 2016 All-CIFSS, All-County first team … CIFFS Girls’ 2015 Water Polo Player of the Year … South Coast League MVP twice (2014-15, 2015-16) … All-County third team (2015) … 2015 Southern California Championship All-Tournament team … All-South Coast League second team (2013-14) … Two-time team MVP during junior and senior seasons … Named Most Improved Player as a freshman and Most Valuable Defensive Player as a sophomore …Member of three South Coast League championships (2013, 2015-16) … Team advanced to at least the CIFSS quarterfinals every year, culminating in the 2015 title

Club Team: Played on Saddleback El Toro … 2014 Junior Olympic Champions 16U division … Team was runner-up in 2015 … Played for the Junior Olympic third place squad in the 18U division (2015) … Two-time Junior Olympics All-American (honorable mention, 2013 14U), (first team, 2015 16U) … Was the starting defender for the  Junior Olympic gold medal team in 2014 (16U)

Academic: Academic All-American from 2012-15 … Three-time selection of the Torch Award (2014-16) … 2013-14 Commendable Charger Award … Model United Nations Best Delegate awarded three times over 12 conferences attended … Picked for 11 Research Awards … 2015 Top Scholar Art History

ODP/National Team Experience: Cadet National Team member (2014)

Natalie Grayson
La Jolla, Calif.
This Bishops School

High School: Senior captain that had 86 assists … Two-time member of the Varsity Open First Team (2015-16) … 2016 All-CIF Academic Team Captain … Holds the school’s record for assists … Played on the surf team for three years … A member of four-straight CIF Open Division Championships

Academic: National Honor Society … AP Scholar … Two-time Scholar Athlete Award winner … Six-year Honor Role … Chinese Honor Society member

Tatum Turetzky
Walnut Creek, Calif.
Northgate High School

High School: Two-time captain … 2016 USA Water Polo Nick Johnson Inspiration Award … Conference and Team MVP in 2015 … First-team All-DVAL and All-North Coast Section (2014-15) … Also lettered in swimming … Team won the Diablo Valley Athletic League (DVAL) championship four straight times

Academic: National Honor Society … NCS Scholar Athlete in 2012-16 … USA Water Polo Academic All-American 2013-16 … 2015 California Girls State Representative

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