May 21, 2014

Men’s Water Polo Welcomes Class of 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown men's water polo Head Coach Felix Mercado will welcome five incoming freshmen to College Hill for the upcoming 2014 season: Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.), Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.), Adam Hersko-RonaTas (La Jolla, Calif.), Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.).

"Without a doubt it, this class makes us deeper and more versatile," Mercado said. "We'll probably play more guys off the bench this year than we have in the past. With that added depth and the quality of the depth, there's no question it puts us in a good position to replace what we lost."

Rico Burke
Hometown: San Mateo, Calif.
High School: Bellarmine College Preparatory
Club Team: Stanford Water Polo Club
Position: UT
Height: 6-4
Weight: 205

- Three-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American
- 2013 National Recognition Hispanic Scholar
- California-Hawaii Water Polo All-American
- Two-time Central Coast Section Water Polo Division I Champion
- West Catholic Athletic League First Team

Tommy Bush
Hometown: Lafayette, Calif.
High School: Acalanes
Club Team: Lamorinda Water Polo
Position: AT
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180

- 2011 Junior Olympics Champion
- California-Hawaii Water Polo All-American
- 2013 Water Polo Academic All-American with Special Merit
- Three-time All-North Coast Selection

Adam Hersko-RonaTas
Hometown: La Jolla, Calif.
High School: La Jolla
Club Team: La Jolla Water Polo Club
Position: UT
Height: 6-1
Weight: 165

- Two-time Union Tribute All-Academic Team selection
- 2013 La Jolla Team MVP
- National Latin Exam Gold Medalist

Austin Hwang
Hometown: Laguna Hills, Calif.
High School: Laguna Hills
Club Team: SoCal Water Polo
Position: AT
Height: 5-10
Weight: 190

- Scored 129 goals as a senior
- Two-time All-League selection
- 2013 League MVP
- Two-time Outstanding Academic All-American
- Silver medalist at 2012 Junior Olympics

Tyler Kirchberg
Hometown: Orinda, Calif.
High School: Miramonte
Club Team: Lamorinda Water Polo
Position: UT
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175

- All-American Sixth Team
- Two-time First Team All DFAL
- Two-time NCS Champions