PRINCETON, N.J. — Princeton University men’s water polo coach Dustin Litvak announced the institution’s incoming Class of 2027.
“The pedigree of our incoming student-athletes speaks for itself in terms of success in the classroom and in the pool,” said Litvak about the class. “What excites me even more about this class is that each of these incoming young men fit perfectly into our team culture and share our passion to bring the program to new levels. We have two athletes coming from abroad who both played at the highest levels in their respective leagues and for their national teams. Our other three incomers hail from elite programs in California and have played for some of the best coaches in our country. I want to thank Savanah for her tireless recruiting efforts in helping to put this class together and we cannot wait for the fall!”
Palo Alto, California
Menlo School: Led the team in plus/minus as a junior … Was WCAL All-League Second Team … 2019 ODP PAC Red … Team was WCAL Semifinalists in 2022 and placed third at the California State Championships … Unit was also WCAL Semifinalists, CCS Open Division Semifinalists, second place at the Scott Roche Invite Tournament and a finalist for the California state title in 2021 … Three-year letterwinner in swimming qualifying for the CCS 200 Free Relay and earning a silver medal in the WCAL 200 Free Relay event … Physics Club President … Neighborhood Club Co-President … Trivia Club Member … Speech and Debate Club Member … United States Physic Olympiad Bronze medal … Five-time American Invitational Mathematics Qualifier … Rotary Club of Menlo Park Academic Achievement Award for Physics … Distinguished Honor Roll … AP Scholar with Distinction … National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
Personal: Son of Lin Liu and Yu Fang … Has sister, Michelle.
Bethlen Gábor Reformed High School
Szentesi Vízilabda Klub: Played 32 matches in the Hungarian First League … Finished tenth at the Hungarian Cup in 2022 and first at the H2O Polo Cup in 2019 … Won the best goalkeeper award at the Hasznos István Cup in 2017.
Szegedi Vízilabda Egylet: Played 22 matches in the Hungarian First League … Finished third at the Komjádi Cup and in the final eight at the Hungarian Cup in 2023.
Hungarian Junior National Team: won a bronze medal at the LEN U19 European Championship in 2022.
Academic: Student-Athlete Award … First place in the Currie Chemistry Memorial Competition Regional Final … Second place in the National Reformed Chemistry Competition and Szent-Györgyi Academic Competition … Sixth place in Fodor József National Biology Competition … Second round in OKTV twice.
Personal: Son of Judith Berek and Dr. István Kovács … Has two brothers, Botond Kovács and Szabolcs Berek.
Newport Beach, California
Newport Harbor High School
Newport Harbor: First Team All-CIF Southern Section … First Team All-Sunset League … Second Team All-Orange County … Second Team All-California/Hawaii … Team was CIF Southern Section and Regional Champions in 2021 … Squad won the 2022 Sunset League title and was CIF Southern Section Champions … Lettered in swimming … Class Valedictorian … AP Scholar with Distinction … USA Water Polo All-Academic … Won the Mike Grier Memorial Award.
Personal: Son of Lisa and Mike LeSieur … Has a sister, Emma … Father played water polo at UCLA.
Johannesburg, South Africa
St. John’s College of South Africa
Water Polo: Clifton Attacker (2021) and Defender (2022) of the Tournament … Saints, KES, SACS Tournament Teams … U-18 National Team at Belgrade Youth World Championship … U-17 EU Nations MVP … Team won the Clifton Tournament twice along with the KES and SACS Tournament in 2022.
Personal: Son of Jennifer and Nick Sennett … Has two sisters, Georgina and Francesca and a brother, Zachary.
Sacred Heart Prep.
Sacred Heart Prep: Four-year starter who scored 94 goals and registered 39 assists as a senior … CCS Co-Most Valuable Player … WCAL First Team … California/Hawaii Coaches’ All-American in 2022 …. WCAL Second Team and CCS Honorable Mention in 2021 … CCS Honorable Mention in 2019 … Team was the 2022 WCAL, CCS Open Division and CIF Norcal Open Division titles … Was a Junior Olympics Silver Medalists … Unit won the 2021 Elite Eight title along with the North vs. South Challenge and the WCAL CCS Open Division crowns … Team won the WCAL and CCS Open Division championships in 2019 … Also lettered in swimming … Class President for two years … SHP Academic Excellence Awards in Spanish, History and English … AP Scholar Award … National Merit Commended Scholar … Four-time USA Water Polo Outstanding All-Academic … Cal-Hi Sports Scholar Athlete.
Personal: Son of Kathy and Gary Swart … Has a sister, Hannah and two brothers, Alex and Michael … Brother, Michael, played water polo at Princeton from 2015-18 … Brother, Alex, played water polo at George Washington University.
Release courtesy Princeton University Athletics Communications