ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michiganwater polo head coach Matt Anderson announced the signing of a three-player class today (Tuesday, Nov. 18) to National Letters of Intent. Goalkeeper Alex Adamson(Coronado, Calif./Coronado), two-meter set Katie Cutler(Miami, Fla./Gulliver) and driver Kiki Golden(Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) will join the Wolverines for the 2010 campaign.
"I wanted to make this class a smaller one and attempt to go after a couple of impact players that could come in and contribute right away," Anderson said.
Adamson, a high school All-American, has been participating in the U.S. national program since 2004. She has been named All-CIF San Diego Section first team member three times and was tabbed as the Coronado High School Female Athlete of the Year three times. A strong scholar, she was recognized with a USA Water Polo Outstanding Academic Achievement award.
"Alex is arguably the best goalie coming out of high school and we are extremely fortunate that she chose to come to an outstanding school like Michigan," Anderson said. "I am looking for her to come in and make our goalie position extremely competitive and extremely strong."
Cutler has hoisted a state championship trophy three times -- twice with current U-M sophomores Alison Mantel(Miami, Fla./Gulliver) and Cara Reitz(Miami, Fla./Gulliver). As a junior, she picked up All-Miami-Dade County first team honors while earning a team Offensive Player of the Year laurel.
"I saw Katie Cutler at a camp a year ago and was really taken by her potential and her ability already for someone who was relatively new to the game," Anderson said. "We always need to add depth at two meters and I think that once she gets into a collegiate training program, her already plus-strength will become even more of an asset."
Golden earned her third All-America honor in 2008, making the NISCA/Speedo fifth team. She was twice named as Monte Vista's offensive MVP and earned the same honor as a freshman at Cooper City High School.
"In Kiki Golden we got a phenomenal player. She is one of the top players coming out of high school and will only get better in college," Anderson said. "She has the skill set to do a lot of different things, especially offensively, and that's what I was looking for."
Michigan will lose a seven-member senior class following the 2009 campaign. The current Wolverines open the 2009 season at home, hosting the Michigan Kick-Off Tournament the final weekend in January.
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