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Women's Water Polo Inks Three

Dec 3, 2012

Pacific Women's Water Polo head coach James Graham received three commitments to the program as Alison Miller, Catie Mahnke and Jade Morton inked national letters of intent during the early signing period. Morton will join the Tigers in time for this season while Miller and Mahnke will come to Pacific for the 2014 season. 

"We are very excited to welcome this great recruiting class to the Pacific family," head coach James Graham said. "I believe that we have a very balanced group and I know that these young players are going to make a huge impact during their time here at Pacific. I can't wait for them to join us and get our season underway."

A transfer from Golden West College, Morton earned two letters in water polo for the Rustlers. She led her squad to a runner-up finish at the California Community College State Championships in 2011 after the team finished with 23 wins and a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play. Morton, who earned Orange Empire Conference Co-Female Swimmer of the Year honors last year, will also swim for the Tigers.

"Jade comes from a very successful junior college program," Graham said. "She brings a wealth of knowledge, speed and maturity to the program, and we can't wait until she joins us for the upcoming season." 

A Merced native, Miller will come to Stockton after graduating from Merced High School this June. A 5-9 right-handed utility player, she earned Central California Conference Most Valuable Player honors as a sophomore, junior and senior, and was a second-team all-league pick as a freshman. Miller was also a First Team All-San Joaquin Section CIF selection the last two seasons after scoring over 100 goals in each of her final two years. She racked up career totals of 411 goals, 173 assists, 379 steals and 174 drawn ejections.

"Alison will be an impact player on both ends of the pool," Graham said. "She was a huge part of her high school team's success, and we look forward to her bringing that winning mentality to Pacific."

Mahnke will join the Tigers after graduating from Clovis High School in Clovis in June 2013. A 5-8 defender, she had a stellar junior seasons for the Cougars, earning First Team All-CIF Central Section Division I honors and leading her team to a section championship. She was also a First Team All-Tri-River Athletic Conference selection after going for 42 goals, 60 assists, 43 steals and 36 drawn ejections. Mahnke has been a member of her school's varsity team for three seasons and a captain during the last two years.

"Catie is another excellent water polo player, and her athleticism and style of play will fit right in with our program," Graham said. "She had a fantastic high school career and will translate that success into our system. She is another huge addition for us."

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