PASADENA, Calif. (July 21, 2016) – Head Coach Jon Bonafede and the Caltech men's water polo team welcome a pair of incoming freshmen heading into the 2016 season.
The class includes:
Bradley Justice (El Cajon, Calif. / Grossmont)
Harry Putterman (Malibu, Calif. / Malibu)
"I am really excited about the addition of Bradley and Harry to the team this upcoming season," Head Coach Jon Bonafede said. "Bradley's size, strength and experience as a goalie will help us be more versatile on defense and give us more counter attacking opportunities. Harry's strong swim background and intelligence will mesh well with his teammates and enhance our counter attack as well as our front court offense systems. They are both eager to get to work in the pool and make a big impact in their first year."
El Cajon, Calif. / Grossmont H.S.
Ranked number one in his high school class, Justice is a CIF Open Division Semi-Finalist who was selected as Defensive MVP and First Team All-League. In addition to his top-notch athleticism in the pool, Justice is an Eagle Scout, Cymer Scholar and Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. He also was an intern at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
"Bradley brings high-level water polo experience and athleticism to our team," Bonafede said.
Malibu, Calif. / Malibu H.S.
Valedictorian of his high school class, Putterman helped both his varsity water polo and swim teams to league titles. His team also placed in the top eight out of 719 teams in the 2015 High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM) and was designated as "Outstanding." Putterman earned the Think Award at the Vex Worlds robotics competition as well.
"Harry will add depth and a strong swimming background to our team," Bonafede said.
This skilled duo joins nine returning players, including rising senior and all-time leading scorer Christopher Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Serra). Bradley became the first member of the men's water polo team to be named Academic All-America two years ago and last year became the first two-time Academic All-America selection in Caltech history. The Beavers face the task of replacing 74 goals and 69 assists with the graduation of the 2015 team's seniors, but return rising senior and double-digit scorer Tomas Tussie (Weston, Fla. / Cypress Bay) and sophomore Eshan Govil (Redwood City, Calif./ Sacred Heart Prep), who dished out 27 assists, in addition to the entire trio of rookie goalkeepers, led by two-way star Charles Ross (Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny), who stopped 57 percent of shots he faced while contributing three goals and eight assists.
"With the new additions to our water polo team, we add more depth, experience and athleticism," Bonafede said. "We will be more dynamic, allowing us to execute different styles of offense and defense and make more adjustments to opponents. Our incoming class strengthens our defense and will complement our potent attack."