PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton University water polo coach Luis Nicolao has announced the six student-athletes that will join the institution's women's water polo team next year as the team's Class of 2015.
The group replaces the six Princeton seniors that recently completed their collegiate careers. The six newcomers will join a returning group of 11 players as Princeton looks to build upon its fifth-place Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship finish this season.
7 - Taylor Dunstan,
Utility, New Canaan, Conn., New Canaan High School
Taylor Dunstan split her high school years between Loomis Chaffee and New Canaan High School. In her two season at Loomis Chaffee she helped lead the team to a 2008 NEPSAC Championship and a runner-up finish in 2009. She was a NEPSAC All-Tournament selection in 2008 and an honorable mention All-America. A year later she was the NEPSAC Most Valuable Player and a second-team All-America, while setting school records in assists and steals. Dunstan went on to play for the Greenwich Aquatics and New York Athletic Club teams while at New Canaan. She was on NYAC's Top 40 Championship team. Dunstan is currently on the U.S. Junior National Team and is a two-time USAWP All-Academic.
15 - Kelly Gross, Lefty
Attack, Danville, Calif., Carondelet High School
Kelly Gross was a four-year varsity starter on the water polo team at Carondelet High School. Voted her team's most valuable player in her junior and senior years, she led her team to CIF North Coast Section semifinal and quarterfinal appearances. As a captain her senior year, Gross was selected to the East Bay Athletic League First Team and the CIF North Coast Section First Team. She is a four-time all-league selection, an All-CIF player and a two-time recipient of the CIF Sportsmanship award. Gross also played for Diablo Water Polo Club from 2004-11. She is a two-time Junior Olympic All-America and two-time Junior Olympic Gold Medalist. She has been a member of the ODP Pacific Zone team since 2008 and has been selected to the Youth National and Junior National Training Teams.
4 - Ashley Hatcher,
Utility, Miami, Fla., Miami Country Day School
Ashley Hatcher was a five-year varsity letterwinner at Miami Country Day and was her team's Most Valuable Player on three occasions. Hatcher was a first-team All-County selection as a junior. Hatcher also added six varsity letters in swimming in her time in high school. A one-time member of both the U.S. youth and junior national team, Hatcher is a USAWP All-Academic. Hatcher's older sister Karina played water polo at Princeton and graduated in 2007 and she also has two sisters that played college water polo at Queens.
13 - Jessie Holechek,
Utility, Laguna Beach, Calif., Laguna Beach High
Jessie Holechek has been a four-year varsity water polo starter and varsity swimmer at Laguna Beach High School. During her senior year, Jessie was elected captain by her teammates and lead her top-ranked Orange County team with the most goals and assists. She was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Orange Coast League, first-team All-CIF Division 1 and first-team all-county. Holechek also led her team to four trips to the CIF semifinals and two appearances in the CIF Finals, ending with one CIF Divison 2 Championship in 2009. Holechek is also a USA Water Polo All-Academic and four-year Scholar Athlete.
5 - Camille Hooks, Utility,
Beverly Hills, Calif., Harvard-Westlake School
Camille Hooks played varsity water polo at the Harvard-Westlake School and was a team co-captain as both a junior and a senior. In her senior season, her team won its first-ever CIF championship. Hooks was a three-time All-CIF Southern Section honoree, a three-time first-team All-Mission League selection and a Los Angeles Daily News first-team all-area twice. Hooks also plays for the Los Angeles Water Polo Club and is a four-time medalist in the Junior Olympics, including a goal medal in 2010. Hooks was a member of the ODP U18 Coastal California Zone Team.
16 - CeCe Coffey, Attack,
West Hartford, Conn., Loomis Chaffee School
CeCe Coffey was a four-year member and three-year starter on the varsity water polo team at Loomis Chaffee. She captained the team both as a junior and a senior, receiving a coach's award in 2010 when she lead the Pelicans to a third-place finish in the New England Championships. In addition, Coffey was a four-year letterwinner on the varsity swim team as a sprint and middle distance freestyler as well as a seven-time New England medalist, earning school and pool records in the 200M, 400M and 400Y freestyle relays. Coffey has also been nominated as an All-Academic for both water polo and swimming.
Release courtesy Princeton Athletic Communications