Men’s Water Polo Welcomes Four Newcomers in Class of 2017

Harvard adds four freshmen to a roster that returns 15 players from last season (Justine Agaloos).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ted Minnis, the head coach of the Harvard men's water polo team, has announced the addition of four student-athletes for the 2013 season: Joseph Colton, Alexander Eckstein, Daniel Stevens, and Viktor Wrobel. The class consists of three student-athletes from California, while one calls New York home. 

"This is a very talented class of young men that will contribute in the water and in the Harvard community right away," Minnis said. "They have proven that not only will they excel in the pool, but that they are just a dedicated to excellence in the classroom. I am excited to work with them over the next four years."

The incoming freshmen join Harvard after it posted a 15-19 overall record in 2012, giving the Crimson its most victories since 2002, and placed third in the CWPA Northern Division Championship. With the third-place finish, the Crimson earned a berth into the CWPA Eastern Division Championships and finished seventh for the second consecutive season. Harvard also returns 15 players and 96.7 percent of its offense from last season.   

The Class of 2017

Joseph Colton, Garden Grove, Calif., El Toro
Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner … Led El Toro to a CIF-SS Division 1 championship in 2009 … Helped El Toro to two runner-up finishes in the CIF-SS Division 1 championships … El Toro's career and single-season assist record holder … Two-time All-American … Two-time All-America second-team selection … Co-League MVP as a senior … Three-time All-CIF first-team selection … All-Orange County first-team pick as a senior … In 2011, All-Orange County second-team selection … Two-time All-League first-team choice … All-CIF and All-League second-team selection as a freshman … Named team MVP as a senior … Two-time team Defensive Player of the Year … Coach's Award recipient as a freshman … Competed at the Junior Olympics with his club team … Also lettered in swimming and captained the team as a senior … Volunteered at Rides, Above the Influenc and Pool Clean-Up and also tutored.

Alexander Eckstein, New York, N.Y., The Hotchkiss School
Selected as captain as a senior and earned four varsity letters in water polo … Two-time Hotchkiss Water Polo award recipient … Also lettered in swimming and wrestling … Latin Prize recipient as a junior … Two-time Greek Prize recipient … Four-year Honor Roll student.

Daniel Stevens, Newport Beach, Calif., Newport Harbor
Selected as captain as a senior and earned three varsity letters in water polo … Scored 139 goals, handed out 35 assists and recorded 87 steals throughout his high school career … CA-HI All-American as a junior … All-Sunset League Division 1 Player of the Year as a senior … Two-time All-CIF-SS Division 1 first team selection … Two-time LA84 Foundation All CIF-SS Division 1 first-team selection … Two-time All-Sunset League Division 1 first-team pick … All-CIF-SS Division 1 third-team choice as a sophomore … Team MVP as a senior … Team Defensive MVP in 2011 … Named Most Improved as a sophomore … USA Water Polo Junior National Team member since 2012 … Helped USA to a silver medal at the XVII U.A.N.A. Pan American Junior Championships in 2012 … Named to the 2012 All-Championship Team at the USA Water Polo ODP Pacific Coast Regional championships … USA Water Polo Youth National Team member in 2010 and 2011 … As team captain, led USA to a silver medal at the XVI U.A.N.A. Pan American Junior Championships in 2011 … Two-time USA Water Polo  DP Southern California All-Regional Team selection … Three-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American ... Also a two-year letterwinner in swimming … Water Polo Assistant Coach for Splashball … Level 7 Certificate of Merit in piano … Earned Branch Honors at the state convention for three years … His grandfather, David M. Stevens '78,  graduated from Harvard Business School.

Viktor Wrobel, La Jolla, Calif., The Bishop's School
Selected as captain as a senior and earned four varsity letters in water polo … Led The Bishop's School to three consecutive Western League championships … Helped The Bishop's School to a CIF title in 2010 … Two-time All-American … Two-time CIF San Diego section first team … Two-time All-League selection … Named MVP at the San Diego County Cup in 2009 … … Also a four-year letterwinner in volleyball … Captained the team as a senior … Led The Bishop's School to three straight Coastal League championships .. In 2012, All-League second--team selection … Named all-academic captain for water polo in 2012 … Water Polo Academic All-American with Outstanding Achievement … Four-time San Diego Tribune All-Academic Team … AP Scholar with distinction … Member of the Spanish Honor Society … Six-year Honor Roll student … His father, Andrew, played soccer at MIT … His brother, Adam, played water polo at George Washington … His sisters, Natalia and Monika, played volleyball at Dartmouth and MIT, respectively.