Bucknell University Announces Women's Water Polo Class of 2015
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- A pair of high school teammates, two newcomers with siblings on the Bison men’s water polo team and a Pennsylvania native headline the Bucknell University women’s water polo recruiting class recently announced by new head coach John McBride.
"I am very excited about the incoming freshman class," said McBride, who will enter his first season as Bucknell head coach next spring. "The individual strengths and abilities of the student-athletes should assist our program in continuing its high level of achievement."
Recruits Sayeh Bozorghadad and Barbara Peterson were teammates at Castilleja High School before signing with Bucknell, while Taylor Barnett and two-sport recruit Emily Norton both have older brothers who are currently Bison. Mary Morris is an in-state newcomer from Lansdale, Pa., who helped North Penn High School to two state titles.
The incoming class will help to fortify a Bucknell squad that lost three seniors to graduation from a team that compiled 13 wins against a difficult schedule that included eight nationally ranked opponents.
Bucknell Women’s Water
Polo Recruiting Class
Sayeh Bozorghadad – Los Altos, Calif./Castilleja
Taylor Barnett – Houston, Texas/Clear Lake
Mary Morris – Lansdale, Pa./North Penn
Emily Norton – Boynton Beach, Fla./Saint Andrew’s School
Barbara Peterson – Palo Alto, Calif./Castilleja
Sayeh Bozorghadad (Los Altos, Calif./Castilleja) – Sayeh Bozorghadad … born May 20, 1993 in Mountain View, Calif. … daughter of Ali and Parisa Bozorghadad … four-year member of water polo team at Castilleja High School … three-year starter … three-time All-Central Coast Section Girls’ Water Polo Division II Honorable Mention … All-PAL Bay Water Polo Honorable Mention in 2008 … helped team to second place in CCS in 2008 and 2010 … also member of swimming team at Castilleja … All-West Bay Athletic League Second Team as a senior … WBAL All-League Honorable Mention in 2009 … swimming team captain as a senior … has two siblings, Hedia and Houtan … high school teammate of fellow incoming recruit Barbara Peterson.
Taylor Barnett (Houston, Texas/Clear Lake) – Taylor Cathleen Barnett … born Oct. 1, 1992 in New Albany, Ind. … daughter of John and Lora Barnett … member of water polo and swimming teams at Clear Lake High School … three-time All-America and all-state in both water polo and swimming … chosen for Cadet National Water Polo Team … USA Water Polo Scholar All-America … graduated as Clear Lake High School record holder in 200 medley and 200 free relays … bronze medal winner in 200 medley relay at Texas state meet … has one brother, Nick, who will be a senior on Bucknell’s men’s water polo team in 2011 … also has a sister, Kristen, who played water polo at Marist before graduating in 2010.
Mary Morris (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) – Mary Allison Morris … born Oct. 31, 1992 in Charlotte, N.C. … daughter of Gary and Diane Morris … member of water polo and swimming teams at North Penn High School … scholar All-American in both water polo and swimming … helped water polo team to state championship game three times, winning two titles … team captain and MVP of water polo squad as a senior … First Team All-Pennsylvania selection … member of Pennsylvania All-Freshman Team … recipient of Most Outstanding Freshman Award … three-time swimming All-America … three-time all-state, four-time all-district and four-time all-league … team captain … 2011 Senior Achievement Award … 2009 and 2010 Sportsmanship Award honoree … has one brother, Jack, and one sister, Sarah.
Emily Norton (Boynton Beach, Fla./Saint Andrew’s School) – Emily Ann Norton … born June 24, 1993 in Boynton Beach, Fla. … daughter of Stephen and Susan Norton … seven-year varsity swimmer and five-year water polo player at Saint Andrew’s School … All-America in water polo … Women’s Junior National Development Team member for water polo … Palm Beach Post Water Polo Player of the Year in 2011 … Saint Andrew’s Female Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2010-11 … posted All-America finishes in the 100 breast and 200 medley relay, finishing third at state meet in both … three-time academic award winner … swim captain in 2010 and water polo captain in 2011 … … one of five family members to attend Bucknell … has two brothers, Stephen and Gregory … Stephen is a member of Bucknell’s Class of 2014 and is a member of the Bison men’s water polo team … Gregory will be a freshman on the Bison men’s water polo team this fall … father, Stephen, also played water polo at Bucknell and is a 1974 graduate of the University … grandfather, George F. Norton, graduated from Bucknell in 1950.
Barbara Peterson (Palo Alto, Calif./Castilleja) – Barbara Melissa Peterson … born May 27, 1993 in Stanford, Calif. … daughter of Erik Peterson and Barby Peterson Vaughan … four-year member of water polo and swimming teams at Castilleja High School … first-team all-league selection in water polo in 2010 and 2011 … Second Team All-Central Coast Section Division II … second-team all-league swimmer in 2010 … helped water polo squad to two second-place finishes in Central Coast Section (2009, 2011) and one additional semifinal appearance (2010) … has twin two-year-old half-brothers, Nathan and Trevor Vaughan … also has a half-sister, Olivia Peterson … uncle, Alden Romney, played basketball at Pomona.
Release courtesy Bucknell Athletic Communications