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Trio Looks to Bolster Menís Water Polo in 2013, Incoming Class Announced

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 05/20/2013
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From l to r: Curtis Fink, Bret Hinrichs and Jovan Jeremic.
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Princeton men’s water polo head coach Luis Nicolao announced the addition of three student-athletes to join the three-time CWPA Eastern champions for the upcoming 2013 campaign, it was announced Monday. The incoming Class of 2017 is: Curtis Fink, Bret Hinrichs and Jovan Jeremic.

“We are very excited about our incoming men’s class,” said Nicolao. “One area we were lacking last year was some outside shooters and we feel like we got some guys the really can shoot well from the outside. It is not a huge class, but all three will have an impact as freshmen and we are looking forward to seeing them compete this fall.

Curtis Fink • Utility • 5-11/180
Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor

A three-year starter, Curtis Fink guided Newport Harbor to three consecutive Sunset League championships. The squad reached the CIF quarterfinals in 2010 and 2012, and was a semifinalist in 2011. In 2011 and 2012, he earned All-CIF Division I and All-Sunset League first team honors, and was named to the Daily Pilot Dream Team. Fink also garnered national honors, being named a California-Hawaii All-America.

Fink played eight years of club water polo for Newport Water Polo Club from 2010-13 and Split/Orange County Water Polo Club from 2005-10. At the Speedo Cup national championships he won gold twice and silver once, and at the National Junior Olympics he won silver once and bronze twice. From 2010-13 he played with the Sopac Zone Olympic Development Team. In 2012, he was named to the National Academy training team and to the U.S. Junior National Team. At the 2012 XVII UANA Junior National Championships the team won silver. In 2013, he participated in the U.S. National Team selection camp.

A two-time Outstanding Academic All-America, Fink earned the CIF Southern Section Academics and Integrity Exceptional Achievement award. He plans on majoring in engineering at Princeton with plans on making that a career.

Bret Hinrichs • Utility • 6-4/180
Menlo Park, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep

Bret Hinrichs helped guide Sacred Heart Prep to consecutive CCS Division II championships over his two-year starting career. The Gators were league champions in 2011 and 2012, as Hinrichs picked up first team CCS Division II and all-league accolades. He was second team all-league and honorable mention CCS Division II honoree in 2011.

Hinrichs played for Stanford Water Polo Club from 2010-13. In 2012, he was named to the CCS All-Star Team and was the high scorer in the Pacific Zone Senior All-Star game. The club earned top-10 finishes at the Junior Olympics in 2011 and 2012, including placing second in 2011.

An Outstanding Academic All-America and USA Water Polo Academic All-America, Hinrichs plans on majoring in economics at Princeton with the hopes of working in business management or international relations. The second Ivy League varsity athlete in his family, his mother Susan played field hockey and lacrosse at Penn.

Jovan Jeremic • Utility • 6-5/205
Fountain Valley, Calif./Huntington Beach

Utility Jovan Jeremic is coming off a three-year career at Huntington Beach where he eclipsed the 100-goal scoring mark. The Californian scored 103 goals over his career to rank second all-time in Oiler history. In 2012, Jeremic earned All-CIF Division I Southern Section and All-Sunset League First Team, all-county second team and team MVP honors. As a junior, he was an All-CIF and All-Sunset League Second Team selection, along with garnering HBHS’s Most Improved Player award.

Jeremic played for the Huntington Beach Water Polo Club from 2006-12 and the Corona del Mar Greys Water Polo Club in 2012-13. During his club career he earned Winterfest All-Tournament Team honors and was named tournament MVP. He was selected to the U.S. Youth National Team camp in 2012 and was tabbed one of the top-40 players in the nation. He also participated in the Olympic Development Program from 2010-12.

A 2011 Academic All-America, Jeremic was four-year Scholar-Athlete Award winner for boasting a cumulative GPA above a 4.0. He is bilingual in English and Serbian and plans on majoring in neuroscience at Princeton with the hopes of being a pharmacist in pharmaceutical development following graduation.

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