CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis and the men's water polo team are set to welcome four newcomers for the 2016 campaign.
"I am so pleased with the addition of this incoming freshman class which includes, Charlie, Austin, Bennie and Nikhil," said Minnis. "These young men are going to be leaders in the pool, in the classroom and in the community. They will help fill the void left with the departure of the class of 2016, and help us in achieving our goals during this exciting time for Harvard men's water polo."
The quartet will join the Crimson after one of its most successful seasons yet, finishing the year at 21-10, recording the first back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2000-01. Harvard tied the highest program finish ever with a third-place showing at the CWPA Championship, and downed three top-10 opponents and six ranked opponents, both program firsts. The Crimson was ranked No. 12 in the CWPA poll for four-straight weeks, also a program first.
The Class of 2020
Charlie Owens | Attacker | Wilton, Connecticut
Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Wilton … Two-time Junior Olympic All-American ... Two-time NTSC … All-FCIAC second team … Competed on the Development National Team in 2012 … Academic All-American … Four-year honor roll member.
Austin Sechrest | Attacker | Mission Viejo, California
Four-year starter and three-year captain at Capistrano Valley … Two-time All-South Coast … Two-time Sea View League MVP … All-Orange County first team … All-Southern California second team … Two-time All-American … Three-time team MVP … Set school records for goals in a season (147) and career goals (425) … Also lettered four years in swimming and was a two-time All-American … National Honor Society … AP Scholar with honors … Two-time academic All-American.
Bennie Seybold III | Defender | Corona del Mar, California
Two-year letterwinner and captained the team as a senior at Mater Dei … Led Mater Dei to Division I CIF championship … Mater Dei Defensive Player of the Year … Captained the Regency Water Team Polo Club … Led Regency to Junior Olympic championship in 2014 … Two-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American … Four-year California Scholarship Federation member.
Nikhil Suri | Goalie | Moraga, California
Three-year letterwinner at Campolindo … Team MVP … All-DFAL, All-East Bay and All-Nor Cal first team … California/Hawaii All-American first team … East Bay Water Polo Player of the Year … All-star seniors NCS team … Led Campolindo to two section championships … Captained the U16 680 Drivers … Led Pacific A Team to a bronze medal at 2014 ODP Championships … AP Scholar with honors … National Merit finalist … Two-time Academic All-American Outstanding Water Polo Player.