Water Polo Signs Four In Early Period

San Jose State University women’s water polo head coach Lou Tully has announced the signing of four prospects, including a three-time USA Water Polo All-America selection, to National Letters of Intent for the 2008-09 season during the early period.

“I’m very excited with the four additions to our program,” said Tully. “For a relatively small group, we have a wide variety of skills and a high level of talent.”

Megan Bohlender, from Pitman High School in Turlock, Calif., joins the Spartans with a unique water polo pedigree. Her father, Brent, is a longtime high school and club coach in Modesto. In fact, he founded and coaches the Modesto-Stanislaus Club team that consistently ranks among the best in the state.

Megan was a four-year starter, four-time all-Central California Conference selection and a two-time league MVP. She was a member of her USA Water Polo Zone Team and competed in the National Youth Team tryout camp this past summer.

“Megan is an outstanding outside shooter, has excellent speed and has a great water polo background,” Tully said. “I anticipate that she will contribute to our team very early in her career.”

Dani Curran joins the Spartans from Ayala High School in Chino Hills, Calif. A four-year varsity member, she holds both the school single season (123) and career scoring (280) records at Ayala.

An accomplished and honored player, Curran is a three-time USA Water Polo All-America, a two-time league MVP and a multi-year All-CIF selection. She plays club for CHAWP of Chino Hills.

“Dani has a tremendous understanding of the game and can handle a “point guard” type of role in a water polo game,” said Tully. “She will be an impact player for the Spartans and we are very excited to have her joining our water polo family.”

Janessa Schmidbauer comes to San Jose State from Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, Calif. At 6-0 tall, Schmidbauer brings size and speed to the Spartan program.

An All-Palomar league selection in water polo, she also was a key member of Mt. Carmel’s CIF Section Swimming Finals team, contributing in the 100 and 200 free events.

“Janessa has a chance to develop her game and become an outstanding collegiate player,” Tully said. “She does not have as much pure water polo experience as some of our other players, but her athletic ability and speed in the pool gives her an edge.”

The final member of the early period signing class is Ally Waasted from Villa Park High School in Villa Park, Calif.

Currently in her senior season at Villa Park, Waasted leads her team with 30 goals scored. Villa Park has been the Century League Champion, made two appearances in the CIF D-I semifinals (2005, 2007) and one CIF D-I finals appearance (2006) during her first three seasons. Waasted plays club for SET, coached by former USA Olympian Brad Schumacher.

“Ally is a very strong player with extremely quick hands in front of the goal. She has excellent vision and is able to distribute the ball from the two-meter position,” said Tully. “She will contribute early in her Spartan career.”

San Jose State opens the 2008 season with an appearance in the University of Michigan Tournament January 26-27, 2008.