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Women's Water Polo Welcomes Five for 2015 Season

Ted Minnis and the women's water polo team will see five new additions for the 2015 season. (Photo: Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team is set to welcome in five newcomers to the class of 2018, the Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis announced today. The Crimson will add Haley Bowe, Cleo Harrington, Hollis Jomo, Maddy Stern and Sami Strutner for the 2015 season.

"This incoming class we having coming to Harvard adds substantial depth for our program," Minnis said. "Each of these young women comes from a great water polo background, including great club programs, and has had a great deal of success in and out of the pool."

The recruits will join a Harvard team which finished 15-20 and reached the CWPA Eastern Championships. The Crimson saw only two seniors depart from last season, and along with the five newcomers, returns first team All-CWPA attacker Yoshi Andersen and reigning CWPA Rookie of the Year Melissa Balding for the 2015 season.

The Class of 2018

Haley Bowe – Irvine, Calif. – Utility
A three-year varsity starter for Irvine High School in the pool as a utility player … Also competed on the varsity swim team for four years … Second Team All-Pacific Coast League junior year … First Team All-Pacific Coast League senior year … Second Team All-CIF Southern Section senior year … Athlete of the Month for February 2014 for Irvine High School … Varsity Coach's Award sophomore and senior year … Irvine's team leader in goals junior and senior year … leader in assists senior year … CIF-Southern Section playoffs quarter finalists junior and senior year … Junior Olympic Champions for 16U division 2013 … California Cup State Finals 2nd place in 16U division  2013 … CIF-SS Division I finalist for swimming sophomore, junior year … Principal's Honor Roll sophomore, junior, and senior years … President and founder of Be a Hero, Become a Donor Club at Irvine High School … Member of Pink Ribbon Club … Part of the Irvine High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team … Coached beginning water polo for SET 2012-2014

Ted Minnis on Haley: "We're thrilled to have Haley on board here at Harvard. She brings a great work ethic and a drive for success in and out of the pool. Haley will be a welcomed addition to our team."

Cleo Harrington – Costa Mesa, Calif. – Goalie
Starting varsity goalie for three years at Newport Harbor High School, serving as captain as a senior … Also lettered and swam for three years on the varsity swim team … First Team All-Sunset League sophomore, junior and senior Year … Second Team All-CIF 2013 … First Team All-CIF 2014 … 2013 Newport-Mesa Player of the Year … Newport Mesa "Dream Team" Pick 2012, 2013 and 2014 … Varsity "Most Improved" award sophomore year … Sunset League All-Academic Team 2014 … Irvine Tournament Most Outstanding Goalie 2014 … All-Tournament team pick for Santa Barbara TOC 2014 … 2014 OCADA Athlete of Character Award … CIF Champion 2012 … CIF Runner-Up 2013 and 2014 … League Champions 2012 and 2013 … Nominee for Girl's State Conference … Nominee for the National Student Leadership Conference … Volunteer Goalie Coach during the summer … Swim Instructor for kids ages 2-6 (summers of 2012-2014)

Ted Minnis on Cleo: "I'm excited about Cleo's potential in the net for us in the coming years. She has been outstanding in her career up to this point, and we're looking forward to seeing what she can bring to the table on this level."

Hollis Jomo – Riverside, Conn. – Center Defender/Attacker
Split time between varsity center defender and attacker at Greenwich High School for four years, captaining the team as a senior … swam on the varsity swim team for four years as well … Named a  USA Water Polo Outstanding Academic All-American, 2011-13 … Earned National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Water Polo All-American Honorable Mention honors in 2013 … CIAC Scholar Athlete in Water Polo in 2014 … Connecticut All-State in swimming in 2013 … Help to lead swim team to Connecticut State Open Championships in 2010 and 2011, and the Class LL State Championships all four years at Greenwich … Helped the water polo team to an undefeated season in 2013 … Selected to the ODP National Team Selection Camp for water polo in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Played club polo with Greenwich Aquatics, starting since 2011 … 2013 Social Studies Distinguished Scholar (2013), AP Scholar (2013), Harvard College Book Award Recipient (2013).

Ted Minnis on Hollis: "Hollis is a premier player, who fits comfortably at any end of the pool. We're glad she'll be joining us in Cambridge. Her versatility will be a tremendous asset to us in the coming years with the level of competition we face week-in and week-out."

Maddy Stern – Northampton, Mass. – Two-meter offense
A four-year varsity letterwinner and starter for Williston Northampton High School … Also lettered four years on the varsity swim team and ran one year for cross country … Three year captain for the water polo team, and a one-year captain for swimming … Team MVP as a sophomore and junior … George and Frank Carew Debating Prize (Awarded for excellence in debate), Hervey L. Smith Jr Prize (Highest achievement in the Modern European history course), Asahel Lyman Williston Prize (Excellence in English)

Ted Minnis on Maddy: "A local product, Maddy will fit in nicely with our team this coming season. She has tremendous leadership abilities and is an all-around student-athlete with her academic achievements out of the pool as well."

Sami Strutner – Redwood City, Calif. – Driver
Three-year letterwinner and starter as a driver for Saint Francis High School … Also swam for three years … WCAL All-League First Team as a sophomore, junior and senior … CCS All-League Second Team as a sophomore … Daily News Girls Water Polo First Team as a junior and senior … Daily News A "Player of the Year" as a junior … Mercury News Girls Water Polo First Team as a junior and senior … USA Water Polo Outstanding Academic All American 2011-14 … CCS League Champions (2012 and 2013) … WCAL League Champions (2011, 2012, and 2013) … Stanford Water Polo Club National Team 16U Junior Olympics 9th Place (2011), Junior Olympics 7th place (2012) … Stanford Water Polo Club National Team 18U Junior Olympics 10th place (2013) … Saint Francis High School Club Team California State High School Championship Tournament 10th Place (2013) … Stanford Water Polo Club British Columbia Open 2nd place (2011), 1st place (2012), 3rd place (2013) … CCS Swimming 100 Backstroke Qualifier (2012, 2013, 2014) … Saint Francis High School Scholar Athlete (4 years) … National Honors Society (junior and senior year) … Foreign Language Honors Society (senior year), Volunteer at Project 2020 (2012, 2013) … Coached Swimming and Water Polo Camps at Saint Francis High School (2013)

Ted Minnis on Sami: "Sami is another Californian we're glad to be bringing aboard. She has outstanding vision for what it takes to succeed both in and out of the pool, and we're fortunate she's coming to Harvard."