RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- After a sixth straight 20-win season California Baptist University women's water polo will be adding eight new players for the 2013 campaign.
Seven incoming freshman and one transfer will join a Lancer squad that went 24-11 last season and finished the year ranked 19th in the country.
"I'm very happy with this recruiting class and the wealth of water polo knowledge, experience, and skill they bring to the program," said CBU Head Coach Jacob Medina. "This is by far one of the most talented recruiting classes we have ever brought into the program. Each one of them will be given the opportunity to make an immediate impact upon our team's success and will undoubtedly be a huge part of our future NCAA success."
Hannah Evans (Vista Murrieta HS/Xtreme WPC)
As a senior at Vista Murrieta Evans led her team with a school record 166 goals and garnered All-CIF and All-League first team honors, as well as receiving the VMHS Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award. She was inducted into the VHMS Athletic Hall of Fame.
"Hannah is a very solid 2m player with great strength and speed," said Medina. "She is going to add tremendous depth to our inside game."
Samantha Banks (Calgary Renegades/Canadian Jr. National Team)
Banks comes from the Calgary Renegades water polo club program in Calgary, Alberta, the same club as CBU athletes Alyssa Birch, Raine Paul, and fellow recruit Courtney Menard. She competed for her home country of Canada, winning gold at the 2011 Junior Pan-American Games and has won several National Championships with the Renegades.
"Sami brings with her a tremendous amount of maturity and water polo IQ for freshman," said Medina. "As a lefty she will be given an immediate opportunity to have a big role on the left hander's side of the pool. I think her international playing experience will serve her very well in the NCAA."
Meghan Rowland (Santiago HS/Xtreme WPC)
Rowland, daughter of CBU men's water polo coach Rick Rowland, comes to CBU as one of the top goalies in the country. A three time All-CIF first team and All-League selection in the goal, Rowland won a 2012 CIF Championship at Santiago.
"Meghan has a wealth of talent between the posts and will be great addition to our program," said Medina.
Rowland also holds the Santiago HS record for career, Season, and game saves, beating out former Santiago HS and CBU goalie Camryn Rogers for those honors. Rowland was also Santiago HS Female Athlete of the Year and a member of the SHS Aquatics Hall of Fame.
Kaitlyn Persky (Valhalla HS/San Diego Shores WPC)
As a CIF champion and USA Junior Olympic Silver Medalist, Persky has competed and trained with and against some of the best in the country. Persky is a two time All-American, San Diego CIF Division 2 Player of the Year, two time All-CIF first team selection, and two time All-League first team selection.
"Kaitlyn is an excellent utility player with ability to post-up and create on the offensive end," said Medina. "Her experience and skills will help our team tremendously."
Lina Medeiros (Temescal Canyon HS / Elite WPC):
Medeiros has anchored the Temescal Canyon HS defense from her position as a goalkeeper, winning back-to-back CIF Division 5 Championships. Medeiros has also been honored as a two time All-CIF and All-League first team selection, and also was honored as the Sunbelt League MVP in 2011.
"Lina is another top goalie with college length in the goal," said Medina. "She will add some amazing depth to the goalie position for us."
Sydney Iturraran (Tokay HS/Stockton WPC)
Out of Tokay High in Northern California, Iturraran received all-section honors and was also selected to the Central North OPD team.
"Sydney is an aggressive attacker that does well off movement," said Medina. "Her creativity and knack for finding the goal will serve our team well and fit in with our offensive system."
Courtney Menard (Calgary Renegades/Canadian Jr. National Training Team)
Just selected to the Canadian Junior National Training Team, Menard has also been selected to numerous Team Alberta water polo teams. Her Calgary Renegades club team has also won several Canadian National titles.
"Courtney is an exceptional attacker with great speed to get up and down the pool," said Medina. "She is a solid defender and has a great ability to play whatever role is given her. Her speed and water polo skill set will be a welcomed commodity to our program."
Kimberley Walters (Palomar College/Valley Center HS):
Walters is a transfer from Palomar College down in North County San Diego. Previously at Valley Center HS, Walters was an All-League selection and a two time All-Conference selection in the Pacific Coast Conference while at Palomar.
"She has great length and will be a weapon on the offensive end of the pool as a Utility player who can post-up and drive to the goal," said Medina.