ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
4 - Melissa Balding
Melissa Balding
Height: 5-5
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
High School: Edison
Position: 2-meter

2014 (Freshman)
Named the CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Year ... Earned Harvard's 2014 Rookie of the Year Accolades ... Finished the season with 45 goals, six assists and 13 steals ... Netted four goals at Villanova and scored a goal versus Iona (Feb. 1) … Buried four goals against VMI and had a steal versus Iona (Feb. 10) … Scored a goal against Wagner (Feb. 9) … Scored four goals versus Siena (Feb. 22) … Had a steal at Villanova and a goal against Iona (Feb. 23) … Chipped in a steal versus Michigan and had a goal and a theft versus San Diego State (March 8) … Recorded a hat trick versus Marist and a goal against Santa Clara (March 9) … Named CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Week (March 11) … Had a goal and two assists versus Cal Lutheran and two goals at San Diego State (March 15) … Recorded a goal and two steals versus UC San Diego (March 16) … Tabbed CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Week (March 17) … Had a goal against Whittier and Pomono (March 19) … Chipped in a steal at Cal State Northridge and a goal against Cal Lutheran (March 20) … Had a goal against UCLA (March 21) … Registered a goal, an assist and three steals at George Washington (March 29) … Tallied a goal and an assist at Brown (April 2) … Scored two goals at Bucknell and recorded a steal versus Princeton (April 5) … Recorded a hat trick against Mercyhurst (April 6) ... Buried two goals and registered a helper versus George Washington on day one of the CWPA Southern Division Championships (April 12) ... Had a steal against Bucknell in the third-place game at Southerns (April 13). 

Before Hardvard
Selected as captain as a senior and earned four varsity letters in water polo … Fifth on Edison's all-time goals list … Edison record holder for most ejections drawn in a game … Two-time All-League first-team selection … All-League second-team honoree as a freshman and sophomore … In 2013, All-CIF second-team selection … All-Southern California third-team selection as a senior … Led her club team to two Cal Cup Championships in 2010 and 2011 … Helped the US to a second-place finish at the 2012 18U Junior Olympics … First team All-American selection at the Junior Olympics in 2012 … Three-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American … Named Edison's Model United Nations Most Outstanding Junior … Member of Edison's Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership team.