May 13, 2014

Women’s Water Polo Introduces Class of 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's water polo Head Coach Felix Mercado announced on Tuesday that incoming freshmen Marisol Dakan (Pasadena, Calif.) and Jessica Heilman (Menlo Park, Calif.) will join the Bears for the upcoming 2015 season.

After graduating nine seniors from the 2014 squad that led the Bears to their second 20-win season in three years, Mercado affirms that the pair of rookies will help a talented crew of returners maintain Brown's recent success.

"I have so much confidence in our returning players so I wasn't so worried about bringing in a big class," Mercado said. "I believe in the athletes on our team. Players like Emily Klein (Pleasanton, Calif.), Victoria Pierotti (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Rebecca Zak (Carlsbad, Calif.) are going to have amazing seasons. They're ready to step up and we're going to have a great offseason."


Marisol Dakan
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
High School: La Salle
Position: Goalie
Height: 5-9

- First Team All-League
- Prep League MVP
- First Team All-Area
- La Salle Rookie of the Year as a freshman
- Played club water polo for Rose Bowl

Coach's Take: "Marisol will be the only goalie on the roster. We wanted to bring in a goalie that was ready to play as a freshman. Without a doubt I feel she'll be able to step into the role and win right away. She has a lot of experience and will play a lot of water polo this summer and she'll be ready to roll."

Jessica Heilman
Hometown: Menlo Park, Calif.
High School: Menlo Atherton
Position: Attack/Center Defender
Height: 5-9

- Two-time team captain
- 2013 San Mateo Journal Female Athlete of the Year
- Three-time All-Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division

Coach's Take: "Jessica is a defensive-minded player who can also contribute offensively. She fits into the prototypical Brown water polo player mold. We need her to play right away and she's very excited about it. We had a big graduating class so with Jessica being the only incoming field player, there's a little added pressure. But we recruited her with the understanding that it wasn't going to be a big class so she knows she's going to contribute right away."