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Foothill's recruiting class reigns supreme
Foothill’s signing ceremony for girls water polo featured so many players the Knights could have fielded a team of college-bound seniors.
Five players signed, one reported a commitment and one player talked about promising to join Princeton.
It takes seven players to field a water polo team, and that was the impressive number of players on hand for the ceremony at the school’s events center.
“This was probably rare for a water polo team,” Foothill girls coach Jeff Colton said. “We’ve kind of got every position. This could be our starting lineup for some games. I think it’s unique, and I’m really excited. This is a special class.”
The five players who signed letters of intents were left-handed attacker Ashley Zwirner (UCLA), goalie Kelsey Roland (Cal), right-handed attacker Katy Schneider (San Diego State), defender Eleanor Lee (Loyola Marymount) and utility Nikki Stansfield (USC).
Speedy right-handed attacker Brenna Thomas has committed to UC Santa Barbara and anticipated signing soon.
Foothill center Hannah Lapkin, a backup last season to McKenna Mitchell, is hoping to join rising eastern power Princeton.
All seven players have strong grades and play year-round water polo, Colton said. Four play club for SOCAL while the other three are part of the Huntington Beach club.
“All these girls deserve it. We’ve been working hard,” Lee said. “I think we’re all very committed, and that goes along with having a lot of practice time. We all do team stuff. We’re very bonded. We’re a very committed team.”
NEW GIRLS ON BLOCK SIGN WITH USC
Twin sisters Stephania and Ioanna Haralabidis of Corona del Mar signed with USC, their mother, Janet, confirmed.
The girls are transfers from Greece, where they have played for the junior and senior national teams. They helped Greece's junior team capture the European title.
Stephania is a left-handed attacker. Ioanna plays right-handed attacker.
CdM's PAPA PICKS NCAA CHAMPS
News of Cassidy Papa's decision surfaced later in the afternoon. The Corona del Mar senior attacker picked NCAA champion Stanford.
"I committed to Stanford after school (Wednesday)," she wrote in a text. "And honestly, in the end, it came down to where I could see myself the most and where I felt the most comfortable while also getting to experience something totally new in my life. ... I just felt like I belonged there."
AQUATICS SIGNING LISTS
Mark Anderson (El Toro) Texas, diving
Janardan Burns (Aliso Niguel) Cal
Jack DesCombes (Capistrano Valley) Stanford
Christian Garkani (Corona del Mar) Louisville
David Heron (Mission Viejo) Tennessee
Dylan Payne (Mater Dei) Duke
Zach Yong (University) UC San Diego
Maggie Burton (University) UCLA
Cheyenne Low (University) Texas
Jamie Dang (Fountain Valley) UC Santa Barbara
Casey Duckworth (Newport Harbor) Wyoming
Hailey Golden (Orange Lutheran) Cal Baptist
Katelyn Martin (Troy) Boise St.
Emma Henderson (University) Cal Poly SLO
Jiana Vargem (Mater Dei) UC Santa Barbara
Brynne Wong (Corona del Mar) Texas
Jordan Marthens (Trabuco Hills) Boise State, diving
Madison Young (Crean Lutheran) Georgia Tech, diving
Amanda Casillas (El Modena) Utah, diving
GIRLS WATER POLO
Cassidy Papa (Corona del Mar) Stanford
Mackenzie Barr (Mater Dei) UCLA
Mackenzie Baldridge (Laguna Beach) UC Santa Barbara
Risa Burke (Edison) San Diego St.
Jessica Castellano (Yorba Linda) Cal Baptist
Alyssa Diacono (Tesoro) San Diego St.
Stephania Haralabidis (Corona del Mar) USC
Ioanna Haralabidis (Corona del Mar) USC
Emily Loughlin (Santa Margarita) Cal
Elissia Schilling (Newport Harbor) UCLA
Jackie Villarreal (Santa Margarita) San Diego State
Avery Peterson (Newport Harbor) USC
Carly Christian (Newport Harbor) UC Santa Barbara
Eleanor Lee (Foothill) Loyola Marymount
Kelsey Roland (Foothill) Cal, GK
Nikki Stansfield (Foothill) USC
Ashley Zwirner (Foothill) UCLA
Katy Schneider (Foothill) San Diego State
Brenna Thomas (Foothill) UC Santa Barbara
Nikki Quinn (Los Alamitos) UC Santa Barbara, GK
Stephanie Mutafyan (Los Alamitos) Cal
Shannon Crowley (Los Alamitos) Brown
Emily Browning (El Toro) Michigan, GK
Delaney Riley (El Toro) UC Santa Barbara
Allison Skaggs (El Toro) Michigan