PASADENA (June 29, 2017) – Head Coach Jon Bonafede has unveiled the Caltech men's water polo class of 2021, which includes six incoming freshmen.
Rahul Arun (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / Adlai Stevenson)
Steven Csaposs (Davis, Calif. / Davis)
Nicolas Clausen (Clovis, Calif. / Clovis East)
Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter)
Neil Sanderson (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Winchester Coll. [U.K.])
John Wang (Louisville, Ky. / Phillips Exeter)
"This freshman class brings much-needed depth, strength, speed and experience to our program," Bonafede said. "We have a wide range of players who can play multiple positions and are physically strong and capable of matching up with our opponents. The group is very eager and excited to start the season."
Buffalo Grove, Ill. / Adlai Stevenson
Arun played on the Adlai E. Stevenson High School varsity team all four years in addition to club ball with NIPC and three years of Junior Olympics participation. He is pending publication for creating a large-scale mechanical bacteriophage model, built a Bluetooth tracker for lost items and currently is working on shoes with electric wheels. Arun also conducted an independent study on MHD thrusters and was a Leader and Advisory leader in the Talented Young Mathematics Program.
"Rahul is a team player with a passion for water polo and his keen understanding of the game facilitates opportunities among himself and other players," Bonafede said. "His enthusiasm and energy is contagious; with high-level experience and intuition he will create a strong base to build up less-experienced players and add depth to our team."
Davis, Calif. / Davis
A four-year varsity starter at Davis High School, Csaposs earned both All-CIF Section Team Honorable Mention and All-Delta League honors, leading his team to a runner-up finish at CIF SJS in 2014-15. He also volunteers in the Math and Science Tutors club, Ronald McDonald House Charities club and as a Special Olympics swim coach.
"Steven is a very aggressive and experienced center who can finish with big moves from two meters," Bonafede said. "His already-polished abilities and high-level experience creates a whole new dynamic to our offensive strategy."
Clovis, Calif. / Clovis East
In addition to three years of experience as a starter at Clovis East High School as well as playing with the Royal Water Polo club, Clausen participated in the Congress for Future Leaders in Science & Technology and NYLF Careers in Engineering and Technology.
"Nick is a very energetic, quick, and experienced water polo player," Bonafede said. "His water polo intelligence, combined with his experience playing at different positions, makes him one of the best all-around-players we have recruited."
Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter
Janosi is another decorated member of the class, having been named USA Water Polo Academic All-America twice, Academic All-State and Second Team All-State as a right-handed utility while playing club ball with Wolverine Polo. Also the 27th-ranked swimming recruit in Michigan, he participated in the Michigan Mathematics Prize competition and worked in both the Human Neuromechanics and Dreadbots Robotics Research Joan Greve laboratories at the University of Michigan.
"Alex is a very athletic, coachable and versatile player – a combination that will make a big impact on our team on both defense and offense," Bonafede said. "He is also a passionate and dedicated swimmer. His talents will add a new level of depth, speed and utility to our water polo and swim teams."
Laguna Beach, Calif. / Winchester Coll. (U.K.)
While captaining his varsity team, Sanderson built a water disinfection pump and submitted for and is awaiting a patent on a water-saving shower. He was a member of the Chemistry club, Secretary of the Engineering Society and has been an assistant at Panachlor research lab and Area 51 Power.
"Neil has sky-high potential within our program," Bonafede said. "His size, speed and one-on-one skills make him a very exciting player to watch and will make a huge impact on our team."
Louisville, Ky. / Phillips Exeter
A two-sport varsity athlete at Phillips Exeter Academy, Wang also participated in the Nishina School, an undergraduate program for nuclear physics research at RIKEN in Japan. He served as an instructor at the IdeaMath summer program, interned in analytics for Marts&Lundy, developed a web app for high school called PeaBay and led his team to a third-place finish at ARML.
"John is a multi-sport athlete coming from a strong swimming background, adding speed and stamina to our transition offense," Bonafede said. "John's strong critical thinking and motivation skills will be a real asset to our program."