Athletics


Coach Info
Name Phone Email Team Name City State
Club Jon Leach 680 Water Polo Danville CA
High School Heather Johnsen
Position
Primary Position Driver
Secondary Positions CF
team
Wins Losses
26 1
Physical Attributes
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Water Polo Honors

My club 14u team became national champions (2013), winning Junior Olympics with my coach Todd Halverson's coaching.
2013 Junior Varsity, practiced with Varsity. JV Co-Captain. JV MVP.

We gained the title of JV EBAL champions. I played and started in every game.
JV/Freshmen year, 25 wins/1 loss
2014 Varsity Sophmore year
2014 NCS Varsity Champions
2014 Varsity Acalanes Invitational Water Polo Tournament Champions
2014 Wood-Creek Tournament Champions
2014 EBAL Varsity Champions
2015 Varsity

Water Polo Additional

Athlete of the month JV Women's waterpolo November 2013.
My hs team is made up of girls who play on ODP Junior National team. In my Freshman year it was a great accomplishment for me to be brought up to practice with our Varsity HS team and for being chosen by my coach as a co-captain and athlete of the month for our JV team. On our JV team, I was one of the starters/captains and team leaders and played in every JV game strengthing my ability as a water polo player. Although I may not have been on Varsity, I am comfortable and have the ability to play against girls my age and older who are part of ODP.

SRVHS Swim Team JV 2014 freshman. Voted Co-Captain of JV girls team by teammates/coach.
680 Water Polo 2014 Summer 16-U Blue B Team Leader

Invited by hs coach to play on the Varsity San Ramon Valley High School Team for High School Championships in So Cal July 17-19, 2014

Fall 2014/Sophomore year: VARSITY Cap #12
Fall 2015/Junior year: VARSITY Cap #12

I am also a Pole Vaulter. I decided spring of my sophomore year to try something new. I excelled and surpassed my goals and was the 3rd highest Junior Varsity Pole Vaulter for East Bay Athletic League, jumping 8'. I am just short of making the Varsity height which I think I will do my Junior Year. I think water polo and pole vaulting are cross over sports that help develop my upper body strength. I attended a Pole Vaulting camp at UCLA last summer, improving my technique and strength.

Academics


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High School
San Ramon Valley High School
School City
DANVILLE
School State
CA
Guidance Counselor
Nancy Conti
Guidance Counselor Phone
Guidance Counselor Email
Class Size
502
School Size
2000
TOEFL Score
Class Rank
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School Division
NCS D-1
Major Category
Business Mgmt and Admin. Services
Major
Business Statistics
Major Category
Business Mgmt and Admin. Services
Major
Finance, General
Major Category
Undecided
Major
Undecided
Other Academic Information
Water Polo North Coast Section Unweighted Scholastic Athlete-Freshman year/2013 North Coast Section Weighted Scholastic Athlete-Freshman year/2013 North Coast Section Weighted Scholastic Athlete-Sophomore year/2014 Swimming North Coast Section Unweighted Scholastic Athlete-Freshman year/2014 North Coast Section Weighted Scholastic Athlete-Freshman year/2014
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Personal


First Name
Maren
Last Name
Garcia
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Athlete's Mother
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Gender
F
Height
5'7"
Weight
145
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Personal Highlights

I have 3 older siblings and they all play water polo.
My oldest sister, Alex used to play club and hs water polo. She was a year round swimmer and the high school distance swimmer. She is a tri-athlete and was a member of the XC team at Santa Clara University. She graduated from SCU in 2015 and started her job at Google.
My oldest brother Grant graduated from SRVHS in 2011. He went to Diablo Valley Junior College and played water polo for their travel team. He is transferring to UCLA in 2015. He played for LaMorinda club and our high school team.
My older brother Brock is a senior at SRVHS. He plays water polo for 680 and plays for the high school team. He is currently on varsity.

Additional Questions:
Why do you want to be recruited to play sports in college?
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Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. Please provide one example of how you have demonstrated leadership in both areas.
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Please explain how you pursue "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete.

I find it imperative to be a well balanced person. Everyone must find balance between practice and games to homework and studying. Ever since I was in second grade, I loved to be ahead of the class. I used this odd passion to my advance in high school. Knowing I have a game coming up, I would prepare by completing the tasks a day prior. When game day comes, my mind isn't cluttered with thoughts of homework assignments. Working hard on weekends, in-between games, and before practice, all got me ahead academically. Being ahead in school helped me achieve the grades I strive for and maintain a healthy practice attendance. When I become tired I recall the words of John F. Kennedy, "We must use time as a tool, not a couch." Within my first year of high school I discovered how successful you do depends on two factors: your motivation and your time management.

One thing I have learned being on the San Ramon Valley Water Polo Team is to give every second my all. Every second I have at practice is time that must be utilized to getting better and becoming the player I want to be.

Please describe how you are involved in service in your community and why these efforts are important to you.

I participate as a coach in a program called All-Stars that is run through my recreational swim team, Del Amigo. All-Stars allows kids with disabilities like Down syndrome and Autism learn how to swim. I got involved with this program when I was twelve years old. I fell in love with All-Stars the moment I started. I was assigned to coach a young girl with Down syndrome. We clicked immediately and started having all sorts of fun, from practicing kicking to diving to the bottom to pick up toys. Then I began giving her private lessons. I coach her every summer and I love watching her abilities in the water grow everytime. Giving back to the community is vital for building character, gaining inspiration, and bringing yourself closer to the community. It's very important to me to be active in the special needs or bullying clubs/programs, especially as a teenager. Becoming aware of situation like these, opens our eyes to the different kids of adversity faced everyday in our very own community.

Also, I participate in my church's mission trip down to Mexico every spring break. We drive down to Mexico to build houses for those in need. Without hesitation, the mission trips have been some of the best times in my life so far. The families we build the houses for taught me what it's like to be happy with so little. I've gained many life lessons from the mission trips and they have shaped me to be the person I am today. Growing up in a small upscale town doesn't give many people my age the opportunity to be exposed to the real world. Once it hit me that poverty is real, I became eager to help. It's crucial everyone does any act of kindness they can, no matter how big or small, it's impacting someone's life for the better.

I have also participated in our church group called IMPACT. We go into the Tenderloin area of SF (one of the most poverty and crime ridden areas in SF) and bring food to people. I am in the process of organizing a monthly IMPACT group to go and bring food and visit people in the Tenderloin. It is a way for me to give back to others who are not as fortunate. I am working on organizing a group from my high school to participate.

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