Felix Mercado Announces Women's Water Polo Class of 2013

May 29, 2009

Providence, RI -

Brown Water Polo Coach Felix Mercado has announced the addition of five newcomers that will join the women’s water polo team next spring as the class of 2013.  The class comprises of Katharine Booher (Palo Alto, CA), Meghan Earley (New Haven, CT), Avery Mosser (Mill Valley, CA), Claudia Ruiz (Sacramento, CA) and Brittany Westerman (Los Altos, CA).

“While replacing the leadership of captain Rory Stanton will be hard, I feel that all five incoming freshmen will make us more talented and hopefully help us get closer to an Eastern Championship,” said Mercado.

Booher, a six-foot center defender from Castilleja School and the Stanford Water Polo Club, was named First Team All-League and First Team All-CCS in 2007-2008.  Booher was also named the San Jose Mercury News Santa Clara County Player of the Year her senior season. 

A utility player from Hopkins School in Connecticut, Earley will be joining the Bears after competing for the Brown women’s swimming & diving team.  She has five years of water polo experience and led Hopkins in goals with 49 while chipping in with nine assists.

Mosser is a 5-foot-11 utility player from Tamalpais High School and Marin Water Polo Club.  Mosser was NCH Honorable Mention and was named Second Team All-MCAL in 2008.  She was also second on her team in steals, and contributed 56 goals in the 2008 season. 

An attacker hailing from Rio Americano High School, Ruiz also played for American River Water Polo Club.  Ruiz was a Sac-Joaquin All-Section selection in 2008 and Capital Athletic League All-League from 2007-2008.  She was also a four-year Rio Americano Scholar Athlete.

Westerman joins Brown as an attacker, and comes from Deerfield Academy via Menlo School in Palo Alto, where she also played club ball with Stanford.  Westerman earned MVP honors at Deerfield and was a First Team All-New England selection in 2009.  Before attending Deerfield Academy, Westerman was All-CCS in 2007-2007 and All-PAL in 2005 at Menlo.  She was also part of three CCS Championship teams while at Menlo.