June 7, 2007
Providence, RI - Brown Head Water Polo Coach Jason Gall has announced the team's Class of 2011, which will bring four new Bears to College Hill. Utility player Margeaux Berroth (Rhododendron, OR), driver Rita Bullwinkel (Portola Valley, CA), utility player Katherine Stanton (Danville, CA), and center forward Joanna Wohlmuth (Manhattan Beach, CA) will make up the Bears' freshman class in 2008.
Berroth, a graduate of Sandy High School, will be one of two left-handed players on the team. She possesses a great work ethic and is both a strong defender and an offensive playmaker. Berroth was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Sandy, leading the team in scoring as a junior and being named Team MVP last year. She was named First Team All-Conference in 2005 and 2006, earning Second Team All-State honors last season. She was selected to the Pacific Northwest zone team this season as well. Also a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain of Sandy's swim team, she was a three-time All-Conference selection in that sport.
Bullwinkel will be used mainly at driver, but can play any position and will bring a lot of energy and experience to the Bears. She played at her alma mater, Menlo-Atherton High School, and the Stanford Water Polo Club, for which she has participated in five Junior Olympics and several international tournaments. Bullwinkel is a three-time All-League honoree, and was named Second Team Central Coast Section. This season, she was selected to play in the CCS All-Star Game. A four-year varsity starter, she helped lead Menlo to a 2006 CCS Championship.
Stanton, the younger sister of rising junior Rory Stanton, is a strong defender and will be counted on to help ease the loss of the graduated Caitlin Fahey. She participated in the NCS Senior All-Star Game after being named Second Team North Coast Section this past season. She helped lead Monte Vista High to NCS Championships in 2004 and 2006, and is a two-time All-EBAL recipient.
Wohlmuth, a three-year letterwinner at Mira Costa High, will have a chance to immediately step in and help replace graduated All-American Elizabeth Balassone at center forward thanks to her strength and work ethic. Wholmuth was a Third Team All-CIF Division II honoree this season, and has experience playing for the Los Angeles and Palos Verdes Water Polo Clubs.