The Mesa women's water polo team begins the 2012 season as defending PCAC conference champions. Last season was the 8th conference championship in the past 12 years. More info to follow.
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All Mesa aquatic alumni, family and friends are invited to join us on Saturday, October 27 at 2:30 for the annual women's Alumni water polo game. The event will be held at Mesa College pool. Admission is free and food will be provided.
Come out and support this years team, play in the game if you like or just come to socialize.
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Opening the season at home with a Pacific Coast Conference game against Southwestern, the Mesa women's water polo team got off to a good start with a 15-10 win. The defending conference champion Olympians were led by Kapili Pasa with a game high 5 goals. Kaitlyn McGee scored 4 while Monica Longworth added 3 as the only other multiple goal scores. Dana Griffith, Victoria Kilburg and Nayli Davila each scored one. Stacy Kimari had 5 saves and 5 steals in the cage.
Next game for Mesa will be this weekend at the Chaffey Invitational.
With a large incoming class of freshman players and only 1 returning sophomore this season will undoubtably be one with growing pains as the Mesa women's water polo team tries to defend the conference championship they won last year. Last years win was the 8th championship in the past 12 years and continues a trend of seeing major improvements over the course of the season. Kaitlyn McGee will provide the leadership as a returning first team All-Conference player. Local freshman who should have an impact include center-forward Nayli Davila (Mission Bay), drivers Monica Longworth (Pt Loma), Victoria Kilburg (Scripps Ranch) and Kapili Pasa (Mar Vista). Staci Kimari (West Hills) will take over in the cage.
San Diego Mesa College water polo players Meleke Lizik and Elizabeth Watson were recently honored as Scholar-Athletes for compliling outstanding Grade Point Averages from the fall semester. Watson finished the fall semester with a 3.80 GPA while Lizik finished with a 3.73 GPA.
The Mesa women's water polo team GPA was a 3.38 for the fall semester. The women's team have been nominated for the Academic Scholar Team award for outstanding performance and academic achievement.
The San Diego Mesa women's water polo team defeated #1 ranked and undefeated Palomar to win the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship, 8-6 in overtime.
In a back and forth game, Mesa overcame an early 2 goal deficit to go ahead 5-4 at the end of the third quarter. Palomar was able to tie the game at 5 to force overtime. Mesa scored 2 goals in the first period of overtime and 1 in the second to secure the win.
This is Mesa's 7th championship in the past 10 years.
Mesa (17-7, 6-4) moves on to the SoCal Championships next week.
The Mesa women's water polo team defeated Grossmont 8-2 to advance to the conference championship game, today at 11:30 at Miramar College.
Mesa was lead by freshmen Kenzie Kriesmer who had 4 goals and sophomore Nicole Perez-Hall with 3. Goalie Ashlee Smith had a season high 14 saves to lead the defense.
Jacki Snyder, a sophomore from La Canada High School, scored four goals as the Olympians downed PCAC rival Palomar 12-10 to open the Southern California Regional Playoffs in Pasadena, the third time Mesa has won in three meetings between the two teams. She also contributed two assists and two steals.
The folowing day against No. 1 seed and eventual Southern Cal champ Riverside Community College, Snyder had three goals, four steals and an assist but the Tigers held off Mesa 11-7.
The Mesa women's water polo team have secured the conference round robin championships with a 8-0 record. This is the 7th conference championship in the past 9 years. Mesa will enter the conference tournament with the #1 seed and play the winner of the #4-5 game. The tournament is being held at the Joan Kroc Aquatic Center on November 6-7.
Mesa got of to a fast start and never looked back as they beat Grossmont 8-3 to finish the round robin games undefeated at 8-0 and conference champions. The win also means Mesa will be the #1 seed in the PCAC tournament next week.
Mesa secured the win with a smothering defense and outstanding performance by goalie Stefani Feilen, who recorded 11 saves. The first quarter ended with Mesa leading 3-0. Emily Torres did most of the work at 2-meter defense and did not allow a goal while recording 9 steals. Torres also tossed in 2 goals to share top goal honors with Maddy Schneider and Jacki Snyder at 2 each. Catalina Barraza and Arianna Lopez each had one goal. Mesa extended the lead to 5-1 at half, held Grossmont scoreless in the third to lead 7-1 before closing it out with one more in the fourth.
In the final home game for 9 sophomores, Mesa turned back Southwestern 10-9 in over-time and stays unbeaten in conference play at 7-0. The list of two year Mesa players include: Emily Torres, Carrie Christianson, Cassie Miranda, Natalie Thompson, Catalina Barraza, Melanie McElroy, Stephanie Krych, Jezica Salmaron and Crystal Patterson who suffered a season ending injury last week. Transfer Jacki Snyder also played her last home conference game.
Mesa got off to a slow start and ended the first quarter down 0-3. Mesa finally got on the board when Catalina Barraza converted a penalty shot but at half remained 3 back at 1-4. By the end of the third period Mesa had drawn within one, 4-5, as Natalie Thompson, Zinnea Alexander and Barraza each scored one. Regulation ended tied at 8-8 as Catalina scored 2 and Zinnea, and Natalie added one each. Natalie scored a goal in both over-time periods to lead Mesa to the win, 10-9.
Mesa wraps up the conference round robin tomorrow against Grossmont, at the Joan Kroc Aquatic Center.
Just off winning the Merced Tournament and now sporting a record of 17-5 and 6-0 in conference, the Mesa College women's water polo team moved up one spot to # 7 in the State wide water polo rankings.
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week Honorable mention went to San Diego Mesa cross country runner Michelle Thompson, Mesa volleyball player Heather Hartwell and Mesa water polo player Arianna Lopez.
Lopez, a freshman center forward from Rancho Bernardo High School, helped keep Mesa unbeaten in conference water polo by totaling four goals, two assists and four steals – and earning two ejections -- in a 13-4 victory over Miramar. The win extends the state No. 8-ranked Olympians' conference record to 6-0 and their overall mark to 17-5.
Mesa used a stifling defense to leave no doubt about the out come of this Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game as they held Miramar to only 4 goals in a 13-4 win. After allowing the first goal of the game, Mesa allowed only one goal each quarter as they built 7-2 half time lead and scored 6 more finish. Arianna Lopez led all scorers with 4 goals, Catalina Barraza and Maddy Schneider had 2 to go along with one from Emily Torres, Cassie Miranda, Melanie McElroy, Stephanie Krych and Jezica Salmeron.
Mesa is now 17-5, 6-0 in conference.
The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected San Diego Mesa College's Stefani Feilen (water polo) as Women's Athlete of the Week.
Feilen, a freshman from Steele Canyon High School, led the conference-leading Olympians to a 5-0 week in water polo.
Feilen recorded 10 saves and three steals in a 15-14 victory over defending PCAC champion Palomar. She added 33 more saves as Mesa traveled to the Merced Tournament and beat four Northern California teams to capture the tournament title. Feilen – who had 43 saves, including two penalty saves, during the week -- led the Olympians to tourney wins over Santa Rosa 6-2, Laney 15-5 as she scored a goal, American River 8-7 and Sierra 8-7.
Mesa traveled up to Merced and beat four Northern California colleges to came away with the tournament championship. The first day Mesa beat defending NorCal Champ Santa Rosa 6-2 and over-matched Laney 13-5. The second day was a bit harder but Mesa was able to tough it out with identical 8-7 wins over NorCal powerhouses American River and Sierra. Mesa's improved defense was spearheaded by goalie Stefani Feilen, had 33 saves in four games. Catalina Barraza lead the offense with 10 goals, Zinnea Alexander scored 5 goals while earning 12 ejections during the tournament.
After the tournament the team camped in Yosemite and hiked up the Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Falls on our bi-annual trip to Yosemite.
In another tight conference game Mesa comes out on top, defeating Palomar, 15-14 in over-time. Withstanding a slow start, Mesa came back from a 2-4 deficit after the first quarter to tie it at half, 5-5. Zinnea Alexander had 3 of her game high five in the first quarter. The score was 10-10 at the end of regulation and Mesa took a 1 goal led at the end of the first over-time, 13-12. Each team scored two more in the second over-time, with Zinnea scoring the game winner with :22 second remaining. Catalina Barraza scored 4 goals, Maddy Schneider had 3, Natalie Thompson had 2 and Arianna Lopez had one.
The win keeps Mesa in first place in the conference standings with a two game lead on Palomar, with a record of 5-0 and 12-5 overall.
Coming off a successful 3 week run the Mesa College women's water polo is now ranked #8 in the JCWaterPolo.com poll.
The Olympians are undefeated in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play at 5-0 and have a 12-5 overall record.
Mesa won three of four games to finish second behind defending state champion Cerritos as host of the twelfth annual Mesa Tournament. Mesa took revenge on Chaffey, beating them 8-6 to advance to the championship game. Jacki Snyder had 3 goals, Emily Torres and Natalie Thompson 2 each and Maddy Schneider had 1. Stefani Feilen had 11 saves.
Defending state champion Cerritos proved to be too much for Mesa after a slow start. Cerritos held Mesa scoreless in the first quarter. Mesa battled back to make it respectable, losing 8-15. Maddy Schneider, Zinnea Alexander and Arianna Lopez each scored 2 goals. Natalie Thompson and Catalina Barraza scored one a piece.
First day wins over Cypress, 12-8 and Santa Monica, 15-5 propelled Mesa to the championship bracket after the first day of the Mesa Tournament. Jacki Synder led the way in the win over Cypress with 3 goals, 5 assists, 3 steals and earned 4 ejections. Natalie Thompson led all scorers with 4 goals, Crystal Patterson and Catalina Barraza added 2, along with one from Emily Torres and Arianna Lopez. Stefani Feilen had 13 saves.
In the second game, Mesa overwhelmed Santa Monica. Twelve players scored, including goalie Stefani Feilen, who played field during the fourth quarter. Arianna Lopez had 3 goals. Jacki Snyder had 2 saves in the cage.
Mesa used a 5-2 second half scoring advantage to cruise to a 10-4 conference win over rival Grossmont. The win leaves Mesa in sole possession of first place and undefeated in conference play at 5-0. Catalina Barraza scored 3 goals in the win as well as earn 4 ejections and one penalty foul. Stefani Feilen had a season high 13 saves. Jacki Snyder and Natalie Thompson each scored 2, Maddy Schneider, Jezica Salmaron and Arianna Lopez added 1 goal each. Mesa improves it's overall record to 8-4.
Mesa split their four games over the weekend, winning one each day to finish in fourth place at the tournament.
Friday saw Mesa beat Orange Empire Conference rival Saddleback 12-10. Eight different players scored goals in the balanced attack. In the second game hosted at Fullerton, Mesa lost a close game late as Fullerton extended a one goal game at the start of the fourth to win by three, 10-13. Stefani Feilen went the distance in the cage and recorded 12 saves. Catalina Barraza scored 3 goals, while Maddy Schneider, Jackie Snyder, Natalie Thompson scored 2 to go with one from Crystal Patterson and Zinnea Alexander.
On day two, Mesa did it's best to keep up with the speed of Orange Coast but fell short, 11-14. Down by five in the middle of the third, Mesa battled back to with in one early in the fourth but couldn't hang on. Jacki Snyder and Emily Torres each had 4 goals. Marilyn Hopper had 5 saves in the cage.
In an exciting final game, Mesa beat host Mt. SAC 9-8 with no time remaining. Mt. SAC tied the score with :10 remaining in regulation after a time-out. Undeterred, Mesa used it's own time-out play and despite some confusion, Natalie Thompson's shot skipped over the goal-line as the buzzer sounded for the win. Zinnea Alexander had 3 goals to lead Mesa.
It took a goal off a foul from 7 meters with only :45 seconds remaining to hold off a subborn Southwestern team and help Mesa stay unbeaten in Pacific Coast Conference play. The 11-10 win is the third conference win of the season and improves Mesa's record to 5-2. Catalina Barraza scored 5 goals but it was Zinnea Alexander's second that proved to the be the game winner. Natalie Thompson, Jacki Snyder, Crystal Patterson and Emily Torres each scored one. Marilyn Hopper had 5 saves in the first half and Stefani Feilen recorded 4 in the second half.
Mesa opened up the Chaffey Tournament with top ranked Riverside and host Chaffey College. It turned out to be a tough day as Mesa lost both games, 17-3 vs Riverside and 13-10 vs Chaffey. Mesa started well against Riverside scoring the first goal of the game and holding Riverside scoreless for 5 minutes. But RCC speed and depth eventually paid off and after a 1-4 first quarter Mesa couldn't keep up. Jacki Snyder, Zinnea Alexander and Catalina Barraza each scored one goal. In the second game of the day, Mesa trailed by one entering the forth quarter but was only able to get one more goal as Chaffey tallied 3 to win. Crystal Patterson lead all scorers with 4 goals, Zinnea added 3.
The second day proved to be better as Mesa won both games. In a physical game against Northern California's American River College, Mesa scored late to win 9-8. Catalina Barraza scored 5 goals. Crystal, Maddy, Jacki and Arianna each contributed one.
Wrapping up the tourney with their second one-goal game was a win against Fresno City, 8-7. Catalina Barraza scored 4 goals including the game winner to finish the weekend with 11 total. Natalie Thompson scored 2 and Jacki and Zinnea added one each.
San Diego Mesa water polo player Catalina Barraza have been selected by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as its first Women's Athlete of the Week for the week that ended Sunday, September 13.
Barraza, a sophomore center forward from Point Loma High School, had six goals, two assists and five steals in leading the Mesa poloists to an 18-9 victory over Miramar, a win that advanced the Olympians to 2-0 and first place to begin the PCAC season. Barraza, a returning all-conference selection, leads Mesa with 11 goals on the season.
Mesa cruised to a 18-9 conference win over Miramar at home. Seven different players scored goals as Mesa put it out of reach early with an opening 5-0 lead. Miramar was able to score their first with :07 remaining. By half it was 14-4 and the rout was on. Miramar fought back to score five over the second half to make it respectable. Scoring leaders for Mesa included; Catralina Barraza (6), Arianna Lopez and Jacki Snyder both with 3, Maddy Schneider and Zinnea Alexander with 2 and one goal a piece for Cassie Miranda and Stephanie Krych. Stefani Feilen (7 saves) and Marilyn Hopper (4 saves) split time in the goal. Mesa is now 2-0 and in first place in the conference standings.
The 2009 women's water polo season started off on the right foot with a come from behind 10-9 win at Palomar. Four different players scored two goals to led the team to the first win of the season. Catalina Barraza and Jacki Snyder each scored one in the first quarter to keep Mesa close at 2-3. Palomar scored 3 in the second quarter while Jacki scored her second and Maddy Schneider scored one to finish the first half at 4-6. Mesa came back in the third with 3 goals to only two for Palomar. Arianna Lopez, Maddy and Catalina each scoring one. Crystal Patterson scored early in the fourth to tie the game and Zinnea Alexander scored two to take the lead and the final game winner with :35 seconds remaining. Mesa is 1-0 in conference play and hosts Miramar next before traveling to the Chaffey Invitational.
The Mesa women's water polo team looks to continue a tradition of success as they prepare for the upcoming 2009 season. The Olympians will try to win their 7th Pacific Coast Conference championship since 2001.
Leading the way will be returning All-Conference players Catalina Barraza, Natalie Thompson, Liz Concepcion, Emily Torres, Crystal Patterson and Sheri Gallegos-Lewis.