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

2014 (Freshman)
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.