Nov. 14, 2012
BERKELEY - Cal's women's water program has signed six elite athletes to a National Letter of Intent, coach Richard Corso announced Wednesday.
Dora Antal, a 5-foot-6 attacker from Eger, Hungary; Emily Loughlin, a 6-0 center from San Clemente, Calif.; Kelsey Roland, a 5-11 goalie from Santa Ana, Calif.; Brigitta Games, a 6-1 center from Littleton, Colo.; Madeline Trabucco, a 5-10 goalie from Santa Barbara, Calif. and Stephanie Mutafyan, a 5-7 defender from Los Alamitos, Calif. all submitted their letters of intent to attend Cal next fall.
"The most important thing about this class is there is a lot of technical and tactical diversity," Corso said. "We're strong at every position. Every one of them brings something different to the table for us."
Antal was a member of Hungary's 2012 Olympic Team that played in the Bronze Medal game against Australia in London. At 19, Antal was the youngest player to compete in women's water polo at the Olympics. She was the most valuable player at the 2011 European Junior Championships and led Hungary in scoring as her country placed second at the 2011 World Junior Championships.
"Dora scores goals in big games," Corso said. "She's not just a good shooter. She's an excellent scorer. She knows how to score goals in major tournaments and major competitions. That's huge for her."
Loughlin is a member of the U.S. Youth National Team and is a two-time Junior Olympic All-American for the SET Water Polo Club. Playing for Santa Margarita High School, she is a two-time All-Trinity League selection and was an All-CIF selection as well.
"Emily comes from a great high school and club program," Corso said. "She's an excellent passer and a great finisher."
Games is a three-sport start at Chatfield High School and also a member of the U.S. Youth National Team. She twice won the Jeffco League championship in the discus throw. Games also was a 2012 Academic All-American for water polo.
"Brigetta is a great high school athlete," Corso said. "She's an outstanding student-athlete. We look forward to taking all of that athleticism and having her specialize in one sport."
Roland is yet another member of the U.S. Youth National Team headed to Berkeley. She was an All-CIF third team selection after her junior season at Foothill High School.
"Kelsey is a student of the game," Corso said. "She has the potential to be a very good collegiate goalie."
Trabucco is a NISCA/Speedo All-American and an All-CIF second team pick from Santa Barbara High School. She plays for the prestigious Santa Barbara Aquatics Club team that has won back-to-back gold medals at the USA Water Polo National Club Championships.
"She has won a lot of games," Corso said. "She's another strong player from the Santa Barbara Aquatics Club that has a wealth of domestic experience."
Mutafyan is a U.S. Youth National Team member and a two-time Junior Olympic All-American. She has twice been named All-CIF for Los Alamitos High School, where she is an honor roll student.
"Stephanie is an excellent addition to our team," Corso said. "Her water polo IQ is very high. She'll flourish with her international experience."
The Bears, who finished last season ranked No. 4 nationally with an 18-9 record, begin the 2013 season on Jan. 16 at Stanford.