The Harvard men’s water polo team welcomes four members from the Class of 2015 this fall. All four players hail from California, giving the Crimson team 12 athletes from the Golden Gate State. The Class of 2015 includes two 2-meter players, an attacker and a utility player.
“I am very excited for my first recruited class of men’s water polo players here at Harvard,” Minnis said. “We have brought in four very talented scholar athletes, who are going to come in and help us right away in the water. They all come from great high school and club programs, and are ready to make the jump to college water polo.”
The Crimson boasted a 12-16 overall record last fall , giving the Crimson its most victories since 2007. Harvard finished fifth at the CWPA Northern Championships, equaling its finish from the previous season.
John Holland-McCowan, Atherton, Calif./Menlo
A four-year letterwinner in water polo … Earned Junior Olympics Platinum Division All-America honorable mention in 2009 … A NISCA All-America fourth-team and High School All-America second team in 2010 … Named Peninsula Athletic League MVP, All Central Coast Section Division 2 Player of the Year and San Mateo County Player of the Year in 2010 … Named MVP of the CCS Division 2 All-Star Game as a senior … Earned High School All-America 10th-team, All-CCS Division 2 first-team, Palo Alto Daily News Prep All-Star first-team and Peninsula Athletic League Co-MVP in 2009 … Selected to the all-region team at the Northern California ODP Regional Championships and attended national team selection camps in 2010 … His club team, Stanford Water Polo, won gold at the National Junior Olympics (U16) and silver at the U.S. Club Water Polo Championships (U16) in 2008 … Named CIF/FARMERS and CCS Male scholar athlete of the year as a senior … Received Menlo School’s Highest Honors twice and Faculty Honors once … Named USA Water Polo Academic All-American as a junior and senior … Started the Kids Cheerking Kids chapter at Menlo School … Launched global youth service project “Kids Cheering Kids Menlo, Calif. –Swazi. One Mile at a Time” to raise awareness and funds for children with HIV/AIDS in Swaziland … Volunteered at Lucille Salter Children’s Hospital … Participated in Menlo School’s Knight School trip to Botswana, Africa … Won numerous awards for his community service efforts, including the Human Relations Award of Special Merit from the Country of Santa Clara Human Relations Commission …Father, Phillip, played baseball at Arizona and San Jose in the 1960’s.
Evan Ramsey, Irvine, Calif/.Corona Del Mar
Three year varsity participant in water polo and one-year swimmer at Corona Del Mar High School … Captained water polo team as a senior … Named to the SOPAC Olympic Development “A” team … Earned all-county, All-Pacific Coach League and All-CIF honors as a senior … Named most inspirational and most valuable offensive player by high school team … Earned a spot on the Newport Daily Pilot “Dream Team” in final season … Led the Pacific Coach League in steals, was second in field blocks and third in assists … Was undefeated in swim-offs in 2011 … College Board AP Scholar with Honor and National Merit Commended Scholar …. Was a 2010 USA Water Polo Academic All-American … Newport Harvard Exchange Club “Youth of the Year”
Ryan Rule, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos
Played three years of water polo … Named All-Bay League second team in 2009 and 2010 … Received second-team All-CIF honors in 2010 … High school team was Division IV CIF Southern Section Champions in 2009 … A California Scholarship Federation Lifetime Member … National Honor Society.
Max Murphy, San Mateo, Calif./Junipero Serra High
Played water polo and swam at Junipero Serra High School … Captained water polo team in final season … Named San Mateo Daily Journal Boy’s Water Polo Player of the Year … Was a first-team WCAL selection in 2009 and 2010 and first-team All-CCS in 2009 and 2010 … Received California/Hawaii All-American honorable mention … NISCA fourth-team All-American … Team MVP … Scored 119 goals in final season for the third most goals in a single season at Serra High School … Ranks fifth in goals at Serra with 215 …Class Valedictorian … Earned the Rensselaer Medal Award … Made the Principle’s list from 2007-11 … Member of student government, mock trial, Big Brothers, the ski and snowboard club and jazz band … Volunteer at Camp St. Andrew’s.