The Harvard women’s water polo team will welcome five freshmen this fall. The class of 2014 is made up of three student-athletes from California, one from Hawaii and another from Pennsylvania.
The newcomers consist of three attackers, a center and a utility player and two members have family ties with older siblings also competing for the Crimson.
The rookies join 13 returners playing for first-year head coach
Ted Minnis in 2010.
Jelena Cyr/Livermore, Calif./Granada/Center
Four-year letterwinner in swimming and water polo … Three-year starter on water polo team … Earned all-league honorable mention honors in 2007 and second-team all-league honors in 2008 and 2009 … Received North Coast Section honorable mention as a senior … Named most valuable offensive player as a junior and senior … Three-time North Coast Section participant for the swim team … Scored 94 goals as a senior on the first Granada team to advance to the second round of the North Coast Sections … Two-time Academic All-American Outstanding Achiever … Valedictorian … AP Scholar with Honors .. Student of the Month … Volunteered as a science fair judge for two years … Coaches water polo and a recreational swim team as well as lifeguarded … Sister, Ana, plays lacrosse at California-Berkley.
Christy DiSilvestro/Philadelphia, Pa./Episcopal
Four-year letterwinner in swimming and water polo … Academic All-American and two-time USA Water Polo Outstanding Achiever … Four-time All-Main Line honoree … Named to the All-Women’s Eastern team three times … Received the Water Polo Excellence Award in 2006, 2007 and 2009 … Awarded Mind, Body and Spirit Prize on Episcopal team for demonstrating excellence in the classroom, exemplified by diligence and effort, athletic prowess and admirable spirit and sportsmanship … Played on the Northeast Zone team for three years as part of the Water Polo Olympic Development program … MVP of the Pennsylvania vs. New Jersey game in the East Coast All-Star Game … Named Most Improved Swimmer in 2008 … Highest goal soccer on Episcopal team all four years … High soccer for team that won Eastern Championship Tournament in 2008 … Holds the school record in the 400 freestyle relay … Two-time National Winner on the National French Exam … Given the Pittsburgh alumni of RPI Gold Medal for proficiency in science and mathematics in 2009 … Received Yale Club Book Prize for scholarship, character and school spirit, influence and all-around ability in 2009 … Member of the Cum Laude Society … National Merit Finalist … AP Scholar with Distinction .. Member of the Student Vestry … Elected Senior Warden of the Student Vestry … Participated in Child Life Volunteering program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2008 and 2009 … Tutored under-privileged athletes and financial aid student for the SA through the MJ Test Prep program .. Also tutored children in the Calvin Presbyterian Church after school … Brother, Kevin ’12, plays on Harvard’s men’s water polo team … Father, Anthony, won an Ivy League championship in gymnastics at Dartmouth before graduating in 1981.
Riley Kessler/La Canada, Calif./La
Four-year starter for the water polo team and four-year letterwinner for the swim team … Captained water polo team as a junior and senior … Two-time team MVP … Earned all-area player of the year as a junior … A two-time first-team all-area selection for Pasadena … A two-time first-team all-area selection for Glendale … First-team Rio Hondo League as a junior and senior … First-team All-CIF as a junior … Won a silver medal at the 2007 Junior Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2008 Junior Olympics … Won gold at the 2008 U.S. Championships … Team was two-time Rio Hondo league champions … A black belt in Tae Kwon Do … Won gold medal at National Junior Olympics in 2001 … National Merit Finalist … Gold Seal Bearer in 2010 … Won a silver medal in the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Competition in 2009 … ROP student ambassador .. Two-time Academic All-American.
Shayna Price/Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou
Played water polo and swam for four years at Punahou School … Captained water polo team as a senior … Named Most Outstanding Player at State Championship Tournament in 2009 and 2010 … Named Interscholastic League of Honolulu Player of the Year as a senior … Three-time first-team all-league .. Member of the Hawaii Junior Olympic team from 2007-10 … Participated on three Hawaii State Championships teams … Received the HMSA Kaimana Scholarship Award … Won the Social Studies Excellence Award, the Multi-Lingual Award and the Student-Athlete Achievement Award … Member of the National Honor Society and Key Club … Graduated with Honors … Participated in summer mission trips to help orphans in Mexico and Swaziland, Africa … Also volunteered at the Salvation Army Preschool and Palolo Chinese home … Sister, Aisha ’13, plays soccer and water polo for the Crimson.
Jamie Williams/Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow
Four-year starter in water polo and four-year letterwinner in swimming … Captained water polo team as a junior and senior … CIF All-Southern Section first team selection in 2010 … Two-time CIF Division I first team selection and third team selection in 2008 … Receive the Scholar-Athlete Award four times for swimming and water polo … Team MVP in 2010 … Named More League Player of the Year in 2009 … Three-time Moore League first-team all-league recipient after earning second-team honors as a freshman … Named Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 … Earned most improved in 2007 and the coaches award in 2008 … A two-time Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team recipient … Named USA Water Polo Academic All-American twice … Named ot the USA Water Polo Junior Olympic All-American team and the USA Water Polo ODP Junior Zone team in 2009 … A three-time first-team All-Moore League … Two-time High School American … A three-time Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team recipient … Received the coaches award in 2007 … Won four water polo and four swimming team league titles … Three-time quarterfinals and semifinalist at CIF for water polo … Member of the National Honor Society … AP Scholar with Distinction ... California Scholarship Federation member … Intern for non-profit We Love Beach from 2008-10.