Men's Water Polo Adds Three Newcomers for 2014

After losing just two seniors, the Crimson looks to continue its success with the addition of three members of the class of 2018. (Photo: Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis and the men's water polo team are set to welcome three newcomers for the 2014 season: Colin Chiapello, Stephen Cho and Harry Tafur.

"This is a very talented group coming to Cambridge," Minnis said. "Colin, Stephen and Harry all bring a unique set of skills to our program, and we're very much looking forward to what's ahead, this season and beyond. Each of these guys comes from a great high school and club program, and will not only do well in the pool, but also in the classroom as well."

The three incoming freshmen will join a Harvard team which finished 18-14 and reached the CWPA Eastern Championships. With the additions of Chiapello, Cho and Tafur, the Crimson returns the likes of All-CWPA performers Ben Zepfel, Noah Harrison and Joey Colton for the 2014 season.

The Class of 2018

Colin Chiapello – Danville, Calif. – De La Salle
Played four years of water polo for De La Salle High School, captaining the team as a junior and senior … Also swam for three years … East Bay Athletic League Most Valuable Player … De La Salle High School Most Valuable Player … Two-time CA-HI High School All-American … Three-time East Bay Athletic League First Team … Two-time Contra Costa Times All-East Bay First Team … Two-time All-NCS First Team … Two-time USA Water Polo All-American … Two-time East Bay Athletic League Champions with De La Salle High School as a junior and senior … Four-time All-EBAL team, four-time All-NCS team … 16U California Cup State Champions, USCC Champions, JO Champions and undefeated season … 18U JO Champions … National Honor Society – four years … Seven-time NCS Scholar-Athlete … Three-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American … California Scholarship Federation Lifetime Member … Brian Ohleyer Olympic Club Scholar-Athlete Nominee … Habitat for Humanity volunteer … Youth Action Council … Water Polo and Swimming Junior Coach

Ted Minnis on Colin: "Colin fully embodies what it means to be a student-athlete, and he'll fit in very well here in Cambridge. He should excel both in the pool and out as a member of the Crimson, and we're looking forward to seeing what he can bring to the table."

Stephen Cho – Saratoga, Calif. – Saratoga
Lettered and started all four years at Saratoga High School … Also lettered and competed for two years on the swim team … Two-time  MVP of SCVAL (Santa Clara Valley Athletic League) El Camino Division 2011-2012/2013-2014 … First Team SCVAL El Camino Division 2012-2013 … 2013 All-CCS Division II Team …  Career Goals-397 (2010-2014) … Broke School's Single Season Record for Goals (2013-2014): 136 … Team's Most Outstanding Offensive Player (2011-2014) … Four-year Scholar of Distinction, Los Gatos/Saratoga Union High School District … Three-time USA Water Polo Outstanding Academic All-American 2011 to 2014) … School's- Rally Commission … Also competed for the Stanford Water Polo Club from 2008-14.

Ted Minnis on Stephen: "A versatile athlete, Stephen will be a welcomed addition to our attack. He had a prolific high school career in California, and we're excited to see what he can do against our high level of competition."

Harry Tafur – Coral Gables, Fla. – Ransom Everglades
Lettered six years at Ransom Everglades, starting five as a right-handed attacker … Also lettered four years on the swim team … Captained the water polo team as a junior and senior … Selected to First Team-All County as a sophomore, junior and senior … High School MVP four years in a row … Chosen to USA Cadet National Team in 2012 … Selected to Florida All-Star Team in 2013 … Selected to ODP Regional All-Tournament Team in 2011 … Leading goal scorer for high school sophomore through senior year ... Trained with clubs in Hungary, Serbia, Spain, and Germany … Played with club team in Junior Olympics since 2009 … AP Scholar with Distinction … National Honor Society … Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society … Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica … Two-time USA Water Polo Outstanding Academic All-American  ... National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar

Ted Minnis on Harry: "We're very excited for Harry to get to campus with Stephen and Colin this season. He plays with a level of consistency that will be an excellent addition to our program for years to come, and his level of discipline out of the pool is something that sets him apart from most student-athletes."