Bucknell Women's Water Polo Welcomes Six Newcomers in 2013
May 17, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - There is a certain familiarity to the Bucknell women's water polo recruiting class, which was announced Thursday by second-year Bison head coach John McBride. Two siblings of former or current Bison men's water polo players make up one-third of the talented six-person class that also features three additional players from California and one from Nevada.
"Our recruiting class is very strong," commented McBride, who led the Bison to 15 wins this past spring. "With this class we are filling some roles that the team needs or roles that are being vacated by the graduating senior class. These incoming freshmen will make an immediate impact on our offense and will help to deepen our roster."
Recruits Emily Nowlin and Hannah Sunday have brothers that have been members of the Bison men's water polo squad. Sunday's brother, Josh, is a 2008 graduate of Bucknell who was a member of the men's water polo and swimming teams during his days in Lewisburg. Nowlin's brother, Alex, led the Bison in scoring last fall and will be a junior on McBride's men's team in the fall of 2012.
The incoming six-person class will help to fortify a Bucknell program that will lose five seniors to graduation.
Bucknell Women's Water Polo Recruiting Class
Emily Nowlin (Lake Forest, Ill./Tesoro (Calif.)/Lake Forest) - Emily Lynn Nowlin ... born March 28, 1994 in Denver, Colo. ... daughter of Jackie and Eric Nowlin ... played water polo at both Tesoro High School in Las Flores, Calif., and Lake Forest High School in Illinois ... scored more than 475 career goals ... four-time team MVP ... three-time all-conference selection ... three-time all-sectional ... two-time All-Illinois Polo ... two-time team captain ... two-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American ... selected to USA Water Polo National Training Camp in 2010 ... member of Midwest ODP from 2009 to 2011 ... played club water polo for SET in El Toro, Calif., and West Suburban in Naperville, Ill. ... has one brother, Alex, who led the Bison men's water polo team in assists (62) and points (88) in 2011 and will be a junior at Bucknell in 2012-13.
Hannah Sunday (Carlisle, Pa./Cumberland Valley) - Hannah Margaret Sunday ... born Jan. 2, 1994 in Harrisburg, Pa. ... daughter of Linda and Darrell Sunday ... four-year member of water polo team and three-year member of swimming team at Cumberland Valley High School ... attended same high school as 2009 Bucknell graduate and Honorable Mention All-American Aubrey Rowe and former Bucknell head coach John Zeigler, as well as current Bison Mackenzie Ferry and 2012 senior Amanda Skonezney ... 2009 Honorable Mention All-American Aubrey Rowe and former Bison head coach John Zeiglertwo-time Ms. PA Water Polo ... three-time first-team all-state ... earned third-team all-state in 2008 ... also Pennsylvania Rookie of the Year in 2008 ... First Team All-American and team captain as a senior ... USA Water Polo Academic All-American in 2009-10 ... member of USA Water Polo ODP Phase 1 Youth Team and Youth National Team ... also member of USA Water Polo NE Zone Youth Team ... member of 2009 and 2010 state championship swimming team ... has two brothers, Daniel and Josh ... has one sister, Rachel ... Josh graduated from Bucknell in 2008 and was a member of water polo and swimming programs.
Martine McCarthy (Studio City, Calif./Marymount) - Martine Borgett McCarthy ... born Oct. 7, 1994 in Studio City, Calif. ... daughter of Rosanne and Kevin McCarthy ... three-time letterwinner in both water polo and swimming at Marymount High School ... three-time first-team all-league selection in water polo ... two-time water polo team MVP ... water polo team captain as a senior ... earned Coach's Award in both water polo and swimming.
Eleanor Marrs (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) - Eleanor Delaney Marrs ... born June 10, 1994 in Ventura, Calif. ... daughter of Chandler and James Marrs ... four-year member of swimming team at Green Valley High School ... played club water polo with Team Vegas/Henderson ... team captain of that squad ... member of ODP Mountain Zone Traveling Team for six years ... top scorer at 2011 ODP West Regional Championships ... two-time first-team all-region swimmer ... owns high school's record in the 200 freestyle ... has one brother, Samuel ... father played water polo at the University of Redlands.
Katie Fester (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Chadwick School) - Katherine Maureen Fester ... born Jan. 21, 1994 in Torrance, Calif. ... daughter of Linda and Chad Fester ... four-year varsity letterwinner in both water polo and swimming at Chadwick School ... two-time first-team all-league in water polo ... second-team all-league as a sophomore ... Third Team All-California Interscholastic Federation as a senior ... Second Team All-CIF as a junior ... Daily Breeze All-Area Team ... has one brother, Greg.
Katherine DeRuff (Ross, Calif./Saint Ignatius Prep) - Katherine Clare DeRuff ... born Aug. 28, 1993 in San Francisco, Calif. ... daughter of Elizabeth and David DeRuff ... member of water polo and swimming teams at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School ... water polo team captain as a senior ... has two brothers, Henry and John ... father was a member of the rowing team at Cal and participated in the 1984 Olympic Games in that sport.