Nov. 28, 2001
In the fall signing period, women's water polo head coach Adam Krikorian has signed three of the Top-4 recruits in the nation. Kristina Kunkel, Lauren Heineck and Kelly Rulon will attend UCLA in the fall of 2002. All three are currently member of the National Youth 'A' team.
Kristina Kunkel is a 6' 0" 2-meter player from Dove Canyon, CA (Santa Margarita HS). She is considered the most versatile high school player in the nation. Kunkel scored over 50 goals in both her sophomore and junior seasons. She also earned All-CIF honors her sophomore and junior years. Kunkel was an All American in '98, '99 and '00. She was the MVP of the '99 Junior Olympics. Kunkel is currently a member of the Junior National team, competing throughout the summer, but will not participate in the Junior World Championships this December.
Lauren Heineck is a 5'10" driver/2-meter player attending El Toro High School. Heineck is originally from Annapolis, MD, but moved to California during the summer in order to train with the US National program. Heineck is regarded as the #1 non-California recruit in the nation, as well as the best high school 2-meter player. She is a member of the National Youth 'A' team and will compete at the Junior World Championships this December in Perth, Australia.
Kelly Rulon is a 5' 9" driver/utility player from San Diego (University HS). She is considered the best high school utility player in the nation and is a member of the National Youth 'A' team. Rulon, along with Heineck, will compete that the Junior World Championships.
"In these three players, we could possibly have the three best players in the country for their respective positions," said Krikorian. "They will be great additions to our program."