Northridge, Calif. – Two high school seniors, with outstanding water polo credentials, have signed National Letters of Intent with Cal State Northridge, according to Matador head coach Marcelo Leonardi.
Kristine (Kristi) McGee attends Agoura High School (Agoura, Ca) while McKenzie Pollei is attending Murray High School in Murray, Utah. Both will enroll at Cal State Northridge in the Fall of 2013.
"McKenzie and Kristine have the ability to be very good water polo players throughout their careers at Cal State Northridge," remarked Leonardi. "I look forward to seeing their development as student-athletes at CSUN."
Kristi is a fast, lengthy, defender (5-foot-9) who can shoot from the outside, according to Leonardi. During her current tenure at Agoura HS, Kristi has gained numerous honors including being named an All-Marmonte League selection, and to the Coastal Zone Olympic Development team.
In addition to playing for Jason Rosenthal (CSUN Alum) at Agoura High School, Kristi has gained valuable playing experience for Moriah Van Norman at the Los Angeles Water Polo Club, and participating in the Olympic Development program.
"Kristin has the ability to play a variety of positions in the water from attacker to center-defender," said Leonardi. "Kristi has a strong understanding of our system of play. She will contribute immediately to our success."
McGee says she is excited to be joining the nationally-ranked Matador water polo program.
"Cal State Northridge is the right fit for me for many reasons," said McGee. "CSUN has a great water polo program and I like the coach. The team works hard, has talent, and they all get along really well. It has an amazing kinesiology program that I am interested in studying. CSUN is growing and expanding its facilities.
"I also chose CSUN because of the feel, the people, and what they have to offer both academically and athletically. Finally, my dad is an alumnus of CSUN."
McKenzie Pollei attends the same school (Murray HS, Murray, Utah) that produced current Matador player Lindsy Nelson (92 goals in two seasons at CSUN).
Pollei plays for the top-ranked water polo club in Utah, Spartan Polo.
"McKenzie is the top player in Utah and brings with her experience at the club level and playing in the Olympic Development program at the National Training Selection camp, according to Leonardi.
"She has good size (5-foot-8), excellent speed and athleticism to play multiple positions, " said Leonardi. "She is coming in with a solid technical understanding of our system of play."
Pollei has earned a multitude of honors (both athletically and academically) at Murray High School. She is a high school All-American, first team All-State (Utah), attended the National Training Selection Camp, and as a member of the Mountain Zone Olympic Development Program (ODP) team. She has also earned All-American academic accolades.
Pollei also is ranked in the top of her class academically, which will add to the rich tradition of academic excellence in the classroom for the Matador water polo team.
"McKenzie will also make an immediate impact for the Matadors during her freshman campaign," said Leonardi.
Like McGee, Pollei says she is happy to becoming a member of the CSUN water polo program.
"I selected Northridge not only because they showed an interest in my athletic ability, but also because they were interested in me academically and helping me become the best person I can be.
"I was also impressed with coach Leonardi and his coaching philosophy and team chemistry. The girls on the team made me feel welcome and I knew that this would be the perfect fit for me. I am excited to be a future Matador and look forward to getting to know the team better, work hard and develop into the best player I can be. I am hopefully my contributions will add to the continued success of CSUN water polo."