Women's Water Polo Wins U.S. Senior National Championship
August 12, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif. -- California women's water polo player Heather Petri scored a goal with 2:48 in sudden death overtime to lead the Cal women's water polo club team to an 8-7 victory over Sunset (San Diego) in the title match of the U.S. Senior National Championship July 30-Aug. 2. at the Navel Academy in Annapolis, MD.
Nine members of the current Golden Bear team, three former Cal stars and three Stanford water polo players were on Cal's open squad that went through the summer national tournament undefeated with a 6-0 record. The team included Bear seniors Melanie vonHartitzsch, Erin Kelley, Evi Schueller; juniors Heather Petri, Colette Glinkowski; sophomores Fana Fuqua and Amy Buehler; and redshirt freshmen Julie Arnold and Chris Lane. The former Cal players included Lynn Wittstock ('85) and USA National Team players Courtney Johnson ('96) and Alisa vonHartitzsch ('98). Kelly Shouey, Hilary Gallogly and Ali Riddell played for the Bear team despite attending Stanford.
Coached by Peter Asch and Steve Doten, the Cal club team captured the tournament by defeating Chehalom (OR), 18-6; Radiah (CA), 18-4; Sunset, 13-12 in overtime (on a goal by Colette Glinkowski with 10 seconds left in overtime); Trap (southern CA), 11-10; Golden West (southern CA), 7-6 in the semifinals and Sunset, 8-7 in sudden death overtime in the finals.
Alisa vonHartitzsch was named to the first team Summer Senior National All-American squad, while Courtney Johnson, Lynn Wittstock and Evi Schueller earned second All-America accolades.