PRINCETON, N.J. — The Princeton University men’s water polo team has released its incoming Class of 2025.
“In addition to our dedicated and focused group of returners, we are excited to announce our incoming class,” said head coach Dustin Litvak. “These five outstanding young men, coming from all over the world, exemplify what it takes to be an elite student-athlete at this level. Even greater than their individual accolades, is their ability and desire to make those around them better, in the pool, in the classroom, and in the community.”
Atherton, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep
Sacred Heart: Team was the WCAL and CCS Champions in 2018 and 2019 … Also lettered in lacrosse and swimming … Member of the Sacred Heart Society and Radio Club and was a Health Ambassador.
Personal: Son of Alicia and Philip Hammarskjold … Has two sisters, Brooke and Grace, and brother, Ryan … Father, Philip ’87, brother, Ryan ’18, and sister, Brooke ’19, went to Princeton. Father played on the water polo club team while brother played in 60 career games for the varsity squad from 2014-17.
Why I chose Princeton: I chose Princeton because it offers the opportunity to be a part of a close knit, hard-working water polo team while also pushing myself academically with its exceptional faculty and resources.
Zagreb, Croatia/Gimnazija Titusa Brezovackog
HAVK Mladost: Squad won the Senior Croatian Cup in back-to-back years and was second the year prior … Part of the team that finished second at the Dubrovnik Junior Croatian Championship three times … Participated in the OMV and Comen Cups … Unit won the Zagreb Croatian Cup and was second at the Mali Medo, Zagreb International Tournament, Zadar Croatian Cup (twice) … U15 team was second at the Herceg Novi and Beograd tournaments … Also lettered in swimming, winning the 50m free race at the World Championships in Brazil.
Personal: Son of Becky Martinovic-Pozaric and Kresimir Pozaric … Grandmother, Marija Branka Pozaric, played volleyball in the First Yugoslavian League from 1955-65 … Grandfather Zlatko played football in the Second Yugoslavian League from 1955-65
Why I chose Princeton: Princeton is an institution that will give me an education and allow me to play water polo at a very high level.
Novi Sad, Serbia/Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj High School
Vojvodina Water Polo Club: Team earned first place in the Serbian Junior Cup in 2010 (U12), 2013 (U15) and secured second place in 2014 (U17) … Squad was also first in the Serbian Junior League in 2011 (U14) and 2012 (U15) and second in in 2013 (U16) … Was member of the unit that earned first place in the Junior Regional Cup in 2010 (U12), second twice (U14) in 2011 and 2012 (U15) along with third place tally in 2014 (U17) … Helped team to third place at the A2 Regional Water Polo League in 2017 and 2018.
Serbian National Team: Led the squad to first place at the Junior World Championships in 2011-13 (U15) and European Olympic Games in 2015 … Unit was fifth at the 2016 FINA World Junior Championships.
Personal: Son of Sanja and Spasoja Mitrovic … Has a brother, Vojilsav, who played water polo at Princeton and is the program’s all-time leader in saves with 1,142.
Why I chose Princeton: Princeton has had a special place in my heart since my first visit to campus during my brother’s sophomore year. It felt like a home away from home. The chemistry on campus was so embracive that I even forgot my English was broken.The school is focused on undergraduates and provides the most empowering learning environment with its abundant resources, diversity, and perfect balance between academics and athletics. That’s what made it my first (and only) choice!
Old Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick School
Brunswick School: Earned NISCA Second-Team All-America in 2019-20 … Named team’s MVP … First-Team All-NEPSAC in 2019 … 2019 NEPSAC Championship All-Tournament Team … Two-time Beast of the East All-Tournament Team … Was the team’s leading scorer in 2019 … Squad won three straight NEPSAC titles from 2017-19 … Squad was Beast of the East and Cardinal Cup Tournament Champions twice (2018-19 … Lettered in swimming … High Honor all four years.
Greenwich Aquatics: Earned Junior Olympics Honorable Mention All-America in 2019 as team finished sixth … Secured MVP and Leadership Awards in 2019.
Personal: Son of Marcie and Kevin Molloy … Has a brother Jack, who will play basketball at Yale … Mother, Marcie, played lacrosse at William and Mary.
Why I chose Princeton: I chose Princeton because along with the school’s incredible academic environment, the players and coaching staff have a fierce competitive drive to be the best.
Atherton, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep.
Sacred Heart Prep: 2019 Fourth Team All-America … Earned All-WCAL and All-CCS First Team in 2019 … All-WCAL Honorable Mention in 2018 … Team won three straight CCS titles (2017-19) … Squad was NorCal runner up in 2017 and took home the 2018 North South crown … Also swam for three years … Junior Class President … AP Scholar Athlete with Distinction.
Personal: Son of Vy Ton and Doug Rotenberg … Has a sister, Nathalie.
Why I chose Princeton: Princeton is the perfect place to pursue my academic and athletic goals.
Release courtesy Princeton University Athletics Communications