Nov. 20, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan water polo head coach Matt Anderson announced Tuesday (Nov. 19) that four student-athletes -- Caroline Anderson (Palo Alto, Calif./Henry M. Gunn HS), Elissa Arnold (La Crescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley HS), Sydney Groot (Tustin, Calif./Foothill HS) and Katherine Moore (Atherton, Calif./St. Francis HS) -- have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend and compete in water polo next fall.
"We're very excited about this class," said Anderson. "We were looking for a smaller class, and I think we did a great job of hitting all our needs with three field players and a goalie. We got exactly what we were looking for, and I'm very pleased that we found some nice balance among the group."
Anderson, an attacker, already boasts 134 goals, 50 assists and 104 steals this season. Named the 2012 SCVAL League MVP, Anderson helped lead her Gunn High team to three straight SCVAL Championship titles. She is a three-time Junior Olympic All-American and, as a Pacific Zone ODP player, has twice earned ODP All-Region team selection. Out of the pool, Anderson earned USA Water Polo Academic All-America status in 2013.
"Caroline Anderson really fills a need for us," said Anderson. "We've been looking everywhere for a lefty, and we happened to get one of the best ones out there. She's been dominating in CCS in Northern California. She can score the ball, she can pass the ball, and she's strong defensively. She should be able to come in and have an impact right away."
Arnold, an attacker, accumulated 80 goals, 72 assists and 38 steals last season as a junior (2013), securing All-CIF Southern Section and All-Pacific League honors for the second straight season. She captained the Crescenta Valley HS captured the 2013 CIF Division V championship. A Junior Olympics and ODP participant, Arnold is a three-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American.
"Elissa Arnold is someone that we found at Junior Olympics," said Anderson, "and then I found out that Michigan was her dream school. I really liked what I saw. She plays for a good club program, LA Water Polo, and she plays at a smaller high school that not many people know about. I think she's going to do very well here. She is a hard worker, and I'm looking forward to her development. She's another one that should have an impact."
Groot, a two-meter defense, was named to the 2013 All-CIF Southern Section third team and selected to the TOC All-Tournament team. Over her tenure, Foothill HS has captured three Century League titles and advanced to the CIF SS final four each year, claiming runner-up honors in 2011. Groot has twice earned Junior Olympic All-America recognition, including 2013 first team accolades. She has also earned three varsity letters in swimming and is a three-time USA Water Polo Outstanding Academic All-American.
"Sydney Groot comes from one of the top programs in California: Foothill High School," said Anderson. "She was a starter last year, as a junior, and she will be one of the go-to players this year. She also plays for one of the top club programs in the nation in SoCal Water Polo, and she is someone that we have been interested in for a long time. I expect her to come in and really contribute defensively and offensively and get some minutes right away as a freshman."
Moore, a goalkeeper, was named Central Coast Section All-CCS first team (2012) and honorable mention (2011) and is a two-time All-League selection. A four-year starter in goal, Moore helped lead SFHS to three WCAL League titles and three CCS championship games. She is a Junior Olympic and ODP participant and a two-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American. She is the younger sister of Wolverine senior Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./St. Francis HS).
"Katherine Moore is someone that we've obviously been involved with for a handful of years now," said Anderson. "We've always been interested in Katherine, and we feel fortunate to get her. She has some strong potential and a great work ethic, and we're very excited about her development. She loves Michigan, and we think she will add a lot to our program."
The Wolverines will graduate a three-member senior class following the 2014 season.
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