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Men's Water Polo Announces 10 New Tigers For 2012

Apr 30, 2012

The Pacific men's water polo team will welcome 10 new student-athletes for the 2012 season, head coach James Graham announced Monday, April 30. Five will join the Tigers out of high school with five entering via transfer. John Koning (Poway, Calif.), Jacob Himmel (Chicago, Ill.), J.T. Sarmento (Brentwood, Calif.), Matt McKaig (Bellevue, Wash.), and Aleksandar Petrovic (Belgrade, Serbia) will enter Pacific as freshmen. Kevin Oliveira (Miami, Fla.), Tyler Ormsby (El Cajon, Calif.), Andres Oneto (Mexico City, Mexico), Eric Marsh (Santa Maria, Calif.) and Paul Miernicki (Phoenix, Ariz.) will join Pacific as juniors.

John Koning, a 6-1 attacker from Poway, comes to Pacific after a stellar four-year career at Poway High School. As a senior, he earned All-CIF San Diego Section honors and was a First Team All-Palomar selection. He tallied 112 goals last season and tied the school record for most goals in a game with 11. He was also a member of USA Water Polo's Olympic Development Program squad from 2005-2011. His older brother, Tom, earned four letters as part of Pacific's men's water polo program and will graduate this May aftern earning All-America honors last season.

Jacob Himmel, a 6-2 center out of Chicago, Ill., joins the Tigers out of the Latin School of Chicago, where he was a four-year letter winner in water polo for the Romans. He was an all-state pick in each of his four years and was a Third Team All-America selection as a junior. Himmel was also a member of the U.S. Junior National Team's training squad.

J.T. Sarmento, a 6-5 two-meter defender from Discovery Bay, comes to Pacific after graduating from Liberty High School in Brentwood. He was named the All-Bay Valley Athletic League Player of the Year as a junior and senior and was an All-North Coast Section pick last season. He tallied an impressive 262 goals and 194 steals in his high school career.

Kevin Oliveira, a 6-0 attacker from Miami, Fla., joins the Tigers after an impressive two-year stint at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. He earned First Team All-America honors both seasons and led his team to the 2011 California Community College State Championship title. He was also a member of the USA Junior National Team in 2008. 

Matt McKaig, a 6-2 utility player out of Issaquah, Wash., comes to Pacific out of Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Wash. He earned four letters in water polo for the Totems, guiding his team to a second-place finish at the state tournament as a junior and an undefeated season as a senior. He was a second team all-state selection as a junior.

Tyler Ormsby, a 5-10 driver from El Cajon, joins the Tigers after two years at Grossmont College, where he led the Griffins to a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Title in 2011. He tallied 92 goals, 40 assists, and 54 steals last season, earning All-America and all-league honors. He originally signed with UCLA out of Valhalla High School, redshirting for the Bruins in 2009.

Andres Oneto, a 6-1 driver from Mexico City, Mexico, comes to Pacific following a two-year stint at junior college power West Valley College in Saratoga. He led the Vikings to a 39-6 record in his two seasons, earning All-California Community College Association honors in 2010. He also represented Mexico at the 2008 FINA Olympic Games Qualification Tournament.

Aleksandar Petrovic, a 6-6 utility player from Belgrade, Serbia, joins the Tigers after spending his senior year at Ann Arbor Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., as part of a foreign exchange program. In his lone season of action for the River Rats, he led the squad to a 42-2 record, earning Michigan Player of the Year honors in the process. He recorded 175 goals, 135 assists, and 95 steals last season. He has been a member of Serbia's Junior National Team since 2008 and helped the squad to a fourth-place finish at the European Junior Championships.

Eric Marsh, a 6-2 utility player out of Arroyo Grande, comes to Pacific after a stellar two-year career at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. He led the Cougars to consecutive conference titles, earning Western State Conference Player of the Year honors in both seasons. He was also a two-time First Team All-America pick as well as a First Team All-Southern California selection. He broke the school's record for career assists with 111 while also notching 153 goals, 108 steals, and 87 drawn ejections.

Paul Miernicki, a 6-3 center back from Phoenix, Ariz., joins the Tigers after a two-year stint at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. Miernicki was a key reason behind the Rustlers' 34-1 record last season that ended with a California Community College State Championship title. He also spent time as a member of the USA Junior National Team.

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