LOS ANGELES -- UCLA head men's water polo coach Adam Wright announced the signing of three more highly-rated prep standouts to statements of intent to register to join the Bruins for the 2014 season.
The recent signees include Austin Rone (Coronado, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS), David Stiling (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge HS) and Warren Snyder (La Cañada, Calif./Harvard Westlake). The trio join the three early signees, which included Alex Roelse (Maarssen, Netherlands), Kent Inoue (Huntington Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) and Corbett Kruse (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola HS). All six newcomers will enter UCLA in the fall of 2014 as freshmen and will become members of the 2014 men's water polo team.
Snyder, a 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound center/defender out of La Cañada, Calif. (Harvard Westlake), was a four-year varsity letterwinner (2010-13) for the Wolverines' water polo team for Head Coach Brian Flacks and a four-year (2011-14) letterwinner in swimming under Head Coach Jonathan Carroll. Registered a game-high four goals (including two in the fourth period) in leading Harvard Westlake to just its second CIF Championship in school history in boy's water polo in a 9-6 upset win over Mater Dei HS, denying the Monarchs a chance for a sixth consecutive title. Snyder helped lead his Wolverines to a school-record in wins in 2013 (26-3) and the No. 1 ranking in the U.S. in 2013-14 (totalwaterpolo.com). All three of the Wolverines' defeats were to Mater Dei during the regular season. Snyder was named to the All-CIF first team as a junior and senior (2012 and 2013) and recently attended the U.S. Men's Water Polo National Team training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. As a senior, he led Harvard Westlake to its first Mission League title since 2007 with a perfect 6-0 mark and was a first team All-Mission League selection. He competed for the Rose Bowl Water Polo Club from 10U-16U and played for Los Angeles Premier Water Polo Club for 18U. While with RBWPC, he was named the MVP at the 12U Junior Olympics.
Stiling, a 6-foot, 180-pound attacker out of Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS), was a four-year varsity letterwinner (2010-13) for the Skyhawks' water polo team for Head Coach Erik Akerman and a four-year (2011-14) letterwinner in swimming under Head Coach Ron Harman. Helped lead Southridge High to three straight Oregon state titles, including scoring three goals in the 2013 championship game victory (11-10) over Newberg. He was named the 2013 Oregon Championship MVP. He also was named second team All-Metro League and second team All-State as a freshman and sophomore (2010-11) and to the first team All-State and All-Metro League as a junior and senior (2012-13). Swam the 100 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly for the Skyhawks. Competes for the Tualatin Hills Water Polo Club. During his freshman and sophomore years, he trained with the Cadet National Team and with the Youth National Team his junior season. His father, Jeff, played water polo at Stanford, while his older brother, Josh, will be a redshirt senior at UC San Diego next season after being named the ACWPC Division II Co-Player of the Year in 2012.
Rone, a 6-foot, 152-pound attacker out of Coronado, Calif. (Cathedral Catholic HS), earned three varsity letters for the Dons under Head Coach Brett Ormsby. He was named the CCHS MVP in 2012 and 2013 after guiding the Dons to back-to-back CIF Championships (Division III), the first consecutive titles in Cathedral Catholic HS history. Also garnered first team All-CIF accolades as a senior in 2013. He was named first team All-North County as a sophomore in 2011 (only sophomore to make the list). His older brother, Chris Fahlsing, will be a senior attacker next season at UCLA, and was a member of the first-ever CCHS men's water polo team to win a CIF Championship in 2008. Rone also competes for the Del Mar Water Polo Club and was a member of the club's 18U team that won a silver medal at the 2013 Junior Olympics. He served as team captain for the DMWPC 16U team that won the U.S. Club Championships in 2012. Most recently, he was a member of the Kap7 International Water Polo Tournament 19U Plutonium Division Championship team (Del Mar Water Polo Club) in 2013. He also was named a 2013 Academic All-American by USA Water Polo.