Harvard Adds Three Freshmen to Women's Class of 2013

Erik Farrar
Erik Farrar

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's water polo team, coming off a seventh-place finish at the 2009 CWPA Eastern Championships, will welcome an incoming class of three student-athletes, head coach Erik Farrar announced Tuesday.

Two of the freshmen hail from California, while one is a native of Hawaii. In addition to the newcomers, Harvard boasts a roster of 12 returning players and will be led by senior captains Kristina Bergquist and Kelly Peeler.

Harvard finished the 2009 season with a 12-16 record and placed third at the CWPA Northern Division Championships before picking up its first win at the Eastern Championships since 2005.

The Crimson Class of 2013 recruits:

Courtney Cellar/Driver (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos)
Four-time letterwinner in swimming ... Earned three letters in water polo at Los Gatos High School ... Captained water polo and swimming teams during senior year ... Two-time All-Santa Clara Valley Athletic League ... USA Water Polo Academic All-America ... Los Gatos High School Senior Female Scholar-Athlete ... Lions Club Charlie Wedemeyer Award winner ... National Merit Finalist ... National Merit Scholar ... Society of Women Engineers ... AP Scholar with Distinction.

Elise Molnar/Utility (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar)
Earned four varsity letters in swimming and three in water polo at Corona del Mar High School ... Named to All-California Interscholastic Federation first team in 2009 and second team in 2008 ... Two-time All-CIF Southern Section ... Tabbed to all-county second team ... SoCal Invitational all-tournament team ... Honored on Los Angeles Times and Daily Pilot Dream Team in 2009 ... Orange County Register and Daily Pilot Player of the Week ... Also selected as Orange County Register Scholar-Athlete of the Week ... Corona del Mar Senior-Athlete Standout and Student-Athlete Award recipient ... Winner of the Coach Award for Scholar-Athlete and Most Improved Player in 2009 ... Named to USA Water Polo Academic All-America team in 2009 ... Earned Coach's Most Improved Varsity Swimmer Award in 2006 and Leadership Award in 2008 ... Helped team to four Pacific Cast League championships ... Competed in international tournaments in New Zealand and Hawaii ... Junior Olympics member in 2005, '06 and '08 ... Valedictorian ... President's Volunteer Service Award ... UCI Center for Neurobiology Learning and Memory Grant recipient ... Darwin Science Award ... National Honor Society ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Volunteered with the National Charity League for five years.

Aisha Price/Driver (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School)
Also a midfielder on the Harvard women's soccer team ... Four-year member of the varsity soccer and water polo teams ... Water polo captain in 2009 ... Inducted into the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Hall of Honor ... 2009 Hawaii Co-Player of the Year in soccer ... First-team all-league and state championship tournament and state championship tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2009 ... Second-team all-league, second-team all-state and first-team state championship tournament in 2008 ... Second-team all-league in 2007 ... Helped lead soccer team to 2009 state championship ... State tournament MVP in water polo in 2008, helping team win state title ... Also helped team win state title in 2009 ... League Co-Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 ... First-team all-league in 2007-09 ... Was Punahou School's Co-Athlete of the Year in 2009 ... Academic recognition in AP Environmental Science in 2008 ... National Honor Society.

Release courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications