Nov. 15, 2007
BERKELEY - Four high school recruits have signed national letters of intent to play for California, head coach Richard Corso announced Thursday. Emily Csikos, Athina Vazeos, Lindsay Dorst and Libby McLaren will join the women's water polo team for the 2008-09 season.
"It's an outstanding group of international and domestic players. They have great experience and each student-athlete brings a unique and superior skill set to campus," Corso said. "Our team is excited that they've decided to join us in our quest for a national championship."
Emily Csikos, a member of the Canadian junior national team from 2004-06, is a current senior national team member. In 2007, she helped the senior national team to a silver medal at the Pan American Games and to a sixth place finish at the 2007 World Championships. She earned most valuable player for her performance at the Youth Pan American games in 2005. Csikos also plays for the Calgary Renegades club team, and is a three-time recipient of the squad's MVP award.
Lindsay Dorst, the only United States native to sign a NLI with Cal, is an All-American goalkeeper and member of the USA youth team. Dorst hails from an aquatically talented family: her father Chris was on the 1976 NCAA championship water polo team at Stanford and was the goalkeeper on the 1984 USA silver medalist Olympic team, for which Corso was the goalkeeper coach. Her mother, Marybeth, won NCAA individual titles as a swimmer for the Cardinal. Her high school team is currently competing for a CCS championship after recently winning its semifinal match.
Libby McLaren moved to the United States in February after finishing competition with the Australian youth squad. She earned a starting role on Miramonte HS's girl's water polo team and scored 66 goals and dished out 116 assists in 26 games for the Matadors. McLaren amassed a multitude of awards and championships while playing for Australian club teams including being named the Cronulla Open Women's National League Player and winning the Under 18 Australian National Club Championship. She also helped her Bay Area based club team, Diablo Water Polo, to its third USA National under 20 women's water polo club championship.
Athina Vazeos only began playing water polo five years ago but has quickly transformed into an elite athlete at the national level in Canada. She has helped her club team, the Vancouver Storm, to multiple national championships, and the squad has its sights set on the 2012 Olympics. Additionally, Vazeos coaches youth water polo and swimming teams and the Pacific National Exhibition named her its October Miracle Mile Athlete Bursary for her work in the community and talent in the pool.
The Golden Bears kick off their 2008 campaign in early February. Check CalBears.com for more information.