RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University signed recruit Sierra Stillwater from San Diego, Calif., has been selected as one of 12 athletes to represent the US women’s water polo team in the Maccabiah Games in Israel this July.
Joining CBU from Patrick Henry High School, Stillwater played for San Diego Shores, the top club team in the area. Stillwater won a gold medal at Junior Olympics playing for SD Shores and also earned All-CIF first team honors, was named a San Diego Tribune Player to Watch, made the All-Eastern League first team and was League MVP during her time as a prep athlete.
“Sierra is a great student-athlete who has had a lot of success in both the classroom and in the pool,” said CBU Head Coach Jacob Medina. “She is going to add some great depth to our team and has the versatility to contribute in a lot of different ways for our program. I'm excited for Sierra to get this amazing opportunity to play at the Maccabiah games and know the experience will only serve to further her water polo development.”
Beginning in 1932, the Maccabiah games are held every four years in Isreal. This summer the 19th Maccabiah Games take place July 17-30. Consisting of 31 sports, the Maccabiah Games are known as “The Jewish Olympics.” During these games Jewish Americans are given the opportunity to compete against others around the world from the Jewish community. Ages for this event range from 18-35.
Stillwater is one of 10 athletes on the US team from California and is joined by players from schools such as Michigan, UCLA, USC, Princeton, Brown, UC San Diego, Marist and Iona.
The U.S. opens the games against Brazil July 21, then faces Hungary July 23 and Israel on the 25th before opening the medal round July 26.