PRINCETON (5/28/14) -- Water polo coach Luis Nicolao has announced the five student-athletes that will join the Princeton men's water polo team next year as the team's Class of 2018. The group joins a returning group of 11 players as Princeton looks to extend its run of continued success.
Eric Bowen, 2M, Santana, Calif., Santana High School, San Diego Shores
A three-time all-league selection, Eric Bowen brings a huge upside to the Tigers. He was his league’s Player of the Year as a junior and a senior and named second-team All-CIF in both seasons. He is also a two-time team Most Valuable Player and was all-county twice. Bowen also plays for the San Diego Shores and was an honor student at Santana High School. He was named to the Union Tribune All-Academic Team in 2013. Bowen’s older brother Alex plays at Stanford and for the U.S. Senior National Team.
Jordan Colina, Attack, San Diego, Calif., Cathedral Catholic High School, Carlsbad Water Polo
Jordan Colina will bring significant high school and club experience to the Tigers and will make an immediate impact. A 2013 Youth National Team member, Colina started and medaled for the U.S. Cadet Travel Team in tournaments in Puerto Rico (2011) and Serbia (2012). Colina was a Junior Olympic All-America in both 2012 and 2013 and has several all-league, all-county and All-CIF honors from his career at Cathedral Catholic. He was recently awarded the school’s Career Athlete Achievement Award for his contributions to the schools water polo and swimming programs. A two-time USA Water Polo Academic All-America and a three-time National Honor Society member, Colina scored nearly 300 goals in high school.
Ryan Hammarskjold, Utility, Atherton, Calif., Menlo School, SoPen Water Polo
Ryan Hammarskjold joins the Tigers after playing at the Menlo School and with the SoPen club team. He is a National Merit Scholar and an American Legion and Special Olympics Volunteer. Hammarskjold was an All-WBAL and All-CCS Div. II Honorable Mention as a senior.
Connor McGoldrick, Utility, Erdenheim, Pa., William Penn Charter School, Tiger Aquatics
Connor McGoldrick was a four-year honor student at William Penn Charter School, where he played water polo and swam. A lefty, McGoldrick will give the Tigers attack an added dimension. He is a scholastic All-America for swimming and a member of USA Water Polo’s Outstanding Academic All-America team. McGoldrick is a two-time first-team All-Inter-ac, a two-time first-team All-Eastern Prep and was a third-team All-America, while serving as his team’s captain in 2013. He was also an All-America in two swimming events, the 100 breast and 200 free relay. McGoldrick plays club water polo for Tiger Aquatics.
Vojislav Mitrovic, Goalie, Novi Sad, Serbia, Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj High School, Water Polo Club Vojcodina
Vojislav Mitrovic brings a wealth of international experience to the Tigers. Mitrovic has played for the Serbian National team since 2007. In 2012 he led Serbia to first place at the FINA World Junior Championships (U-20) in Greece and helped the Serbian U-17 team to a fourth-place finish in the 2010 European Junior Championships held in Germany. Mitrovic began playing for Water Polo Club Vojvodina in 2005. He debuted for the first team of WC Vojvodina at the age of 15 and debuted in European Champions League at the age of 16.