CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team is set to welcome in four newcomers to the class of 2019, the Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis announced today. The Crimson will add Sam Acker, Nikki Daurio, Kristen Hong and Colby Stapleton for the 2016 season.
"I am very excited to welcome Colby, Kristen, Nikki and Sam to the Harvard women's water polo team," Minnis said. "They will make up a very talented class that should have an immediate impact in the pool and will add depth to a team that is returning a core group from 2015. We cannot wait for them to begin their Harvard academic and athletic careers."
The quartet will join the Crimson after one of its most successful seasons in program history, finishing 20-13. Pairing with the talented rookie class, Harvard returns a powerful attack, including 2015 All-CWPA First Teamer Yoshi Andersen and 2015 All-CWPA Second Teamer Charlotte Hendrix, along with All-Confernce Honorable Mention nominee Melissa Balding.
The Class of 2019:
Sam Acker | Goalie | Palo Alto, California
Three-year starter on the Gunn High School water polo team as a goalie … Also swam for three years for Gunn … Member of the Stanford Water Polo Club; Starting goalie 14A (2011), 16B (2012), 16A (2013), 18B (2014) and 18A (2015) … As a junior: First Team All-League (SCVAL), Second Team CCS, JO All-American Honorable Mention, ODP Pacific Zone 18A Team … As a senior: Gunn Team MVP, SCVAL League Overall MVP, CCS MVP, Palo Alto Weekly Athlete of the Week Honorable Mention, All-Mercury News Water Polo Girls First Team … USA Water Polo Academic All-American (2012-15) … AP Scholar Award (2014), Board Member of the South Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation (2012-13), Leadership Council of the South Pen. Jewish Teen Foundation (2013-14), Alumni Council (2015) of SPJTF, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for work on South, Pen. JTF, Winner of the Gunn HS English Department's Wellesley Book Award
Nikki Daurio | Utility | Tustin, California
Four-year starter for Beckman High School … Also swam the 50 and 100 freestyles on varsity freshman through junior years … Played club for SOCAL (2006-15) as an attacker … United States Women's Cadet National Team (2012) … As a senior: Coaches' Award winner; First Team All-Pacific Coast League; Third Team All-CIF Southern Section Division I; OCVarsity Top-10 Players to Watch (Dec. 6, 2014); Tustin News Athlete of the Week (Feb. 5, 2015); Recorded 79 goals, 29 assists and 84 steals … As a junior: Coaches' Award winner; First Team All-Pacific Coast League; Third Team All-CIF Southern Section Division I; scored 103 goals (seventh most in the nation), 46 assists and a school-record 122 steals … Sophomore year: Academic All-American; Team MVP; First Team All-Pacific Coast League; Third Team All-CIF; scored 93 goals (11th in the nation), 31 assists and 87 steals … Freshman year: Beckman HS Rookie of the Year; Team MVP; First Team All-City; First Team All-Pacific Coast League; scored 107 goals (ninth in the nation), 31 assists and 108 steals
Kristen Hong | Attacker | Orinda, California
A four-year letterwinner at Miramonte High School as an attacker … Also swam all four years and lettered as a freshman on the basketball team … Played for Diablo Water Polo Club for seven years as an attacker … Served as team captain of both the water polo and swimming teams as a senior … All-League DFAL First Team (2012, 2013, 2014) … North Coast Section Second Team (2013, 2014) … A member of the Olympic Development Program (2011, 2012, 2013) … A National Team Selection Camp member (2014) … Selected member of the 2013 Women's Cadet National Team … A member of the school-record-holding 200 free relay and 200 medley relay quartets; both were All-American times … California Scholarship Federation member (2012, 2013, 2014) … North Coast Section Scholar Athlete (2012, 2013, 2014) … USA Water Polo Academic Outstanding All-American (2012, 2013, 2014)
Colby Stapleton | Utility | Davis, California
Four-year starter at Davis as a utility player … Also lettered four years for the swimming team … Played for the Davis Water Polo Club from 2005-2015 … Captain of Davis HS as a senior … All-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section: MVP (2013, 2014), First Team (2012), Second Team (2011) … NISCA High School All-American: First Team (2013-14, 2014-15), Second Team (2012-13) … United States Women's Cadet National Team (2011-13) … All Delta League (2011, 2012); All-Delta League MVP (2013-14) … USA Water Polo Academic All-American (2012-13, 2013-14) …. Was a Student Leader for Congressman John Garamendi (2014).