Felix Mercado Announces Water Polo Class of 2015
Providence, RI- Head Men's & Women's Water Polo Coach Felix Mercado has announced the addition of eight newcomers (three men and five women) to the 2011-12 men's and women's water polo teams next year. Joining the men's squad will be Henry Fox (Mercer Island, WA), Nick Deaver (Orinda, CA) and Andrew Brown (LaGrange, IL), while Evan Cranston (Palo Alto, CA), Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, CA), Becca Zak (Carlsbad, CA), Madison Pepper (Bayton, TX), and Chloe Kempf (Laguna Hills, CA) will be additions to the women's roster.
"I'm really excited about this incoming class as they will add a lot of strength and depth to both the men's and women's roster," said Mercado. "I am looking forward to the start of the seasons and working with the teams. I am expecting great things for the future of Brown water polo."
Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
High School: Lakeside High School
Height: 6' 3"
Henry Fox earned Washington First Team All-State 2008, 2009, 2010 honors and was Washington State tourney MVP in both 2008 and 2010. Named a team captain 2010. Fox was selected First Team All-Tournament, Greater San Diego Tournament in 2008 and 2010 and was All-Tournament Honorable Mention, 2008 USA Jr. Olympics. Was also a captain of Lakeside School Swim Team, 2010-2011 and was the first leg on Washington state champion 200 free and 400 free relays. Fox participated on Mercer Island's varsity water polo squad for four years and helped guide his team to state championships all four years. Also, helped Pacific Northwest United Water Polo Club to 11th place, 2009 USA Junior Olympics, 11th place 2010 USA Club Championships.
Hometown: Orinda, CA
High School: Miramonte High School
Nick Deaver, a 6'1" 190lbs. right-handed utility player from Orinda, California was a four-year varsity water polo player and swimmer. In his senior year at Miramonte, Nick was selected onto the First Team All North Coast Section and Fifth Team All-American. Nick led his team to a 2009 Division I North Coast Section Championship and a runner up finish in 2010. Nick was chosen to attend the Olympic Development national selection camp in 2010. He was a member of 2010 fourth place Lamorinda 18U Junior Olympics team. Nick was also a high school swimming All-American in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and was a senior National Swimming Championships qualifier.
Hometown: Orinda, CA
High School: Lyons Township
Andrew Brown was a two-year varsity starter at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, IL, and was voted a team captain during his senior year. Earned First Team All-Sectional accolades as a junior and senior, voted First Team All-State as a Senior in 2011 by the coaches as the top goalie in the state of Illinois. During his junior year, finished as Conference and Sectional Runners-Up, and during his senior year, he led his team to a 29-3 record as the winningest team in school history.
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
High School: Castillejas
Evan Cranston was a four-year varsity goalkeeper for Castillejas and a two-time All-CCS selection. Earned Second Team All-County (Santa Clara), and was a two-time San Jose Mercury News selection. An All-American 16U 2009 Jr. Olympic honoree, Cranston was a 2010 Jr. National Training Team member and a Positive Coaching Alliance Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Winner, as well as a USA Water Polo Academic All-American (2009-10 and 2010-11). Her high school squad reached both the CCS finals and the semi-finals twice, and were the 2009-10 CIF Academic Team Champions. As a member of the Pacific Zone Team (ODP) and Stanford club team she won various medals at the Junior Olympics, including a Gold Medal at the 2010 Regional Championships, a Bronze Medal at the 2009 Youth Championships, a Silver Medal at the 2008 Youth Championships and a Bronze Medal in the gold flight at the 2008 Junior Olympics.
Hometown: San Anselmo, CA
High School: St. Ignatius
Liz Rosen was a four-year varsity letter winner on her water polo team and a three-year varsity letter winner on the swim team. Rosen was a CCS First Team All-League selection from 2009-2011, a WCAL First Team All-League honoree in 2010-2011, and a WCAL Second Team All-League selection in 2009. Rosen earned 2010 NISCA All-American Honorable Mention honors, and is a candidate for 2011 All-American status as well. Rosen holds the school record for career goals scored and most steals, and led her team to its first ever CCS Championship game in school history (2010). The squad went to the semifinals in 2009 and 2011. Rosen was a member of the Pacific Zone ODP Team 2009 & 2010, and was the MVP of the 2009 JO Gold Division). Earned five All-American honors for swimming 200 medley relay (twice), 400 free relay, 200 free relay (twice). Holds four school records at SI; 200 free, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay; 200 free relay, and anchored relays from 2008-2010 which placed in the top 8 in CCS each year. She was also a sectional and junior National Swimming Qualifier. She was an Academic All-American with Distinction for Water Polo (2009-10), a 2010 AP Scholar, a Life Member and a California Scholarship Federation honoree.
Position: Center Defender
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA
High School: Carlsbad
Becca Zak was a two-year varsity water polo player and a two-year varsity swimmer at Carlsbad High School. Zak was a First Team All Avocado League in 2011 and a four-year Scholar Athlete Team selection. A JO Gold Bracket Champion, her squad was 2010 San Diego D1 CIF Runners-up, 2011 San Diego D1 CIF semi-finalists, and 2011 Avocado League champions.
Hometown: Baytown, TX
High School: Sterling
Madison Pepper was a 2011 State MVP and Region MVP and a 2010-11 team captain. Pepper was a three-time All-State team and All-Region team selection, and was a 2008-2011 Academic All-American. She led her squad to four TISCA State Championships and four district championships, and was on the 2010 Olymipic Development Program Training Team.
Hometown: Laguna Hills, CA
High School: J Serra High School
Chloe Kempf received J Serra High School's Most Improved Award after the 2008-09 season and the 2010-11 season. Kempf was also a scholar-athlete from 2008-2011.