June 3, 2008
Air Force water polo head coach Jeff Ehrlich is proud to announce the incoming freshman class for the 2008 season. This year's group of freshman features nine players.
Rancho Palos, Calif. (Palos Verdes Peninsula HS)
High School: Has played water polo for three years ... team took second place in the Bay League in 2007 ... named Most Improved Player in 2005 and Most Valuable Player in 2006 ... named to High Honor Roll 2007-2008. Personal: Son of Cyndhi and Dennis Berwyn ... hobbies include water polo, lacrosse, skiing and reading ... volunteers as a YMCA youth counselor ... plans to major in engineering ... favorite quote: "But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?" -Albert Camus.
Corona Del Mar, Calif. (Sage Hill School)
High School: Has played water polo for five years ... team was a four-time CIF qualifier ... two-time team MVP ... named Orange Coast League Co-MVP in 2007 ... two-time all-league honoree ... second-team Division II CIF selection in 2007 ... member of SOPAC Zone team and SET Premier League ... owns a top time of 1:03 in the 100 breaststroke ... named to High Honor Roll for eight semesters. Personal: Son of Debi and Tom Harold ... hobbies include chess, politics, movies and music ... created and operated Fin ED, a volunteer organization which teaches middle school students basic aspects of finance, saving and business ... plans to major in physics ... would like to become a Combat Rescue Officer ... hero is George Washington ... favorite quote: "If you will it, it is no dream." -Theodor Herzl
Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Westlake HS)
High School: Has played water polo for four years ... team was a CIF qualifier in 2007, for just the second time in school history ... team captain and MVP ... winner of Coach's Award and Most Improved Player ... second-team all-league selection ... recorded 51 goals, 24 assists, 61 steals and 43 drawn ejections ... owns top times of 23.3 in the 50 freestyle and 52.0 in the 100 freestyle ... recipient of Scholar-Athlete Award. Personal: Son of Dwight and Patti Harvey ... plans to major in engineering ... would like to become a fighter pilot after graduation ... volunteers with the 805 Christian Surfers ... an Eagle Scout and church camp counselor ... hobbies include surfing, skating and water polo ... hero is his father ... favorite quote: "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." -General George Patton.
Eugene, Ore. (South Eugene HS)
Has played water polo for three years ... team improved its state tournament performance from eighth place to fifth place in his junior year and to second place in his senior year ... graduated with State Honors Diploma ... National Merit Commended Scholar. Personal:
Son of John and Cindy Helmick ... oldest of four children ... hobbies include water polo and theatre ... Eagle Scout ... plans to major in engineering ... hopes to become a pilot ... hero is Archimedes ... favorite quotes: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles" -Isaiah 40: 31, and "These are your top three priorities, honor God, love your family, get inside water." -Coach Doug Smith.
Santa Ana, Calif. (Foothill HS)
High School: Has played water polo for 10 years ... earned three varsity letters in water polo ... team finished in Division I CIF quarterfinals and took first place in the Sea View League with an 18-13 record in senior season .... recorded 15 goals, 30 assists and 22 steals in 2007 ... team co-captain as a senior ... winner of Pride, Hustle and Desire Award in 2006 and 2007 ... recipient of Coaches Award in 2005 ... also earned four letters in swimming ... owns top times of 23.4 in the 50 freestyle, 50.4 in the 100 freestyle, 56.5 in the 100 backstroke and 2:02 in the 200 IM ... recipient of the Workhorse Award in swimming in 2007 ... swimming team co-captain in 2008 ... silver medalist at the 12-under Junior Olympics in 2002 ... gold medalist at the 14-under Junior Olympics in 2004 ... member of National Youth Zone Team (SoPac) ... named to Honor Roll 2004-2008 ... recipient of Knight Award for Chemistry in 2006 ... member of the Key Club. Personal: Son of Robert and Jeanine Konishi ... plans to major in civil engineering or business management ... would like to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot ... hobbies include body surfing, running, rock climbing, snowball fights, soccer and ultimate Frisbee ... heroes are Captain America and Mark Spitz ... favorite quotes: "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius, and "Veni, vidi, vici." -Julius Caesar.
Irvine, Calif. (Irvine HS)
High School: Has played water polo for four years ... earned three varsity letters ... team captain ... second-team All-Pacific Coast League selection ... recorded 150+ blocks in two consecutive seasons ... named most improved player ... also lettered four years in swimming ... team captain ... swimmer of the year ... All-CIF selection ... owns a top time of 1:00.85 in the 100 breaststroke ... recipient of Spur Award and Scholar-Athlete Award ... ASB (Student Government) Commissioner of Productions. Personal: Son of Lynn and Jim Liddle ... plans to become a pilot after graduation ... hobbies include water polo, swimming, flying, skiing, music and hockey ... volunteers with Civil Air Patrol and as AYSO referee ... hero is Steve Yzerman ... favorite quote: "Play to dominate." -Robert Taylor.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Oaks Christian School)
High School: Earned four varsity letters in water polo ... team won league championship from 2005-2007 ... named first-team all-league selection ... four-time CIF swimming champion ... owns top time of 1:50.06 in the 200 freestyle and 4:58 in the 500 freestyle ... named an Oaks Christian Lion Scholar. Personal: Son of David and Gigi Nelson ... plans to major in aeronautical/astronautical engineering ... would like to become an F-35 or A-10 pilot ... hobbies include video games, guitar and concerts ... volunteered with the Interact Club ... heroes are his parents ... favorite quote: "Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things." -George Carlin
Rockford, Mich. (Rockford HS)
High School: Has played water polo for six years ... team went a combined 170-3-1 over four years with four state championships ... two-time all-state selection … all-state MVP and Michigan Player of the Year as a senior ... team MVP and captain as a senior and most improved as a junior ... led team with 127 goals in 2007, while adding 76 steals and 46 assists ... also lettered four years in swimming … named to honor roll every semester. Personal: Son of Tanya Patino ... would like to become a pilot or doctor ... hobbies include playing guitar, listening to music, water skiing, wakeboarding, snowboarding and spending time with friends and family ... hero is his mother ... favorite quote: “Wisdom outweighs any wealth.” –Sophocles.
Cypress, Texas (Cy-Fair HS)
Returns to the Academy after a medical turnback in 2007 ... High School: Has played water polo for three years ... helped lead team to its highest-ever finishes at the regional tournaments in 2005 and 2006 ... led team in goals scored, steals and ejections ... two-time all-region selection ... two-time team MVP ... team captain ... member of Youth Southwest Zone team ... also served as swimming team captain ... owns best time of 1:03.58 in the 100 breaststroke ... earned 110% Award and Most Improved Award for swimming ... graduated Magna Cum Laude ... Academic All-American ... member of National Honor Society and German National Honor Society ... recipient of Math Academic Achievement Award. Personal: Son of Greg and Ginny Still ... heros are his parents ... hobbies include water polo and reading ... plans to major in foreign area studies ... Eagle Scout ... favorite quotes: "If your coach isn't yelling at you, that means he doesn't think you're very good"/"Dad, I must be a hero!"
Lemoore, Calif. (Lemoore HS)
High School: Has played water polo for three years ... two-time best defensive player ... second-team All-Valley selection ... team placed first in the West Yosemite Division and second in the Central Valley Division ... recorded season-bests of 215 blocks, 35 steals and 28 assists ... also lettered four years in tennis and three years in wrestling. Personal: Son of Dave and Debra Woods ... plans to major in economics ... would like to become a fighter pilot ... hobbies include water polo, wrestling, tennis and World of Warcraft ... hero is his father ... favorite quote: "If a man hasn't found anything to die for, he isn't fit to live." -Martin Luther King, Jr.