Feb. 27, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Head Coach Adam Krikorian of the seven time NCAA champion men's water polo team has signed a class of nine players to enter UCLA in the fall of 2002.
Joseph "Will" Didinger (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa HS) earned first-team All-CIF honors last year. The goalkeeper earned second-team All-American honors at the Junior Olympics in the summer of 2001 and is a member of the National Youth Team.
Thomas Foley (Woodside, CA/Menlo School) earned First-team All-CIF honors for Northern California in 2001. He helped lead Menlo to two consecutive CIF Central Coast Section Championships, and earned honorable mention All-American honors at the Junior Olympics in the summer of 2001.
Tyler Krikorian (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa HS) earned first-team All-CIF honors in 2001 after being named Division III Player of the Year in 2000. He earned first-team All-American honors at the 2001 Junior Olympics.
Mike March (Newport Coast, CA/Corona Del Mar HS) was the 2001 Co-CIF Division II Player of the Year after leading his team to two consecutive CIF Championships. A member of the US Youth National team, March earned All-CIF honors twice and led Corona Del Mar in scoring in 2000.
Nick Nolan (Mission Viejo, CA/Santa Margarita HS) earned First-team All-CIF honors in 2001. He earned NISCA All-American honors after his junior season, and first-team All-American honors at the 2001 Junior Olympics.
Christopher "Logan" Powell (San Clemente, CA/San Clemente HS) led his team in goals (91), assists (48) and steals (90) to earn Co-South Coast League MVP honors. He led San Clemente HS to an 18-12 record and a semifinal berth in the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs.
Chris Pulido (La Jolla, CA/Bishop's School) was named a first-team All-American at the 2001 Junior Olympics, and earned First-team All-CIF honors for San Diego.
David Shortenhaus (Walnut Creek, CA/Las Lomas HS) will compete for the water polo team and the track team. He was the two-time MVP of the North Coast Section and earned honorable mention All-American honors at the 2001 Junior Olympics. He will compete in the javelin and shot put events at UCLA. Last year at the prestigious Golden West Track and Field meet, he threw the discus 185 feet.
Grant Zider (Portola Valley, CA/Menlo School) rounds out the class of 2002. The Northern California Player of the Year helped lead Menlo to two consecutive CIF Central Coast Section Championships, scoring five goals in the finals in 2001. He earned All-CIF honors for Northern California and first-team All-American honors at the 2001 Junior Olympics. He was named a NISCA All-American after his junior year.
"This could be among the top recruiting classes that we've ever had at UCLA," said Adam Krikorian. "By far, it is the deepest recruiting class we've ever had. One of the best things about this class is that all of the kids are very well rounded and very serious about school, athletics and playing for our water polo program."