GW Men's Water Polo Adds Four Recruits for 2012
Newcomers will Join 14 Returning Letterwinners in the Fall
May 22, 2012
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's water polo head coach Scott Reed has announced that four student-athletes will join the Colonials for the 2012 season, with three recruits hailing from California and one member of the Serbian Cadet National Team.
Californians Connor Dillon, Jonah Dowd and Alec Sedlachek will join Serbian Bogdan Petkovic on the Colonials' roster in 2012.
"This group of talented freshmen will help shore up our defense and strengthen our depth," Reed said.
The Colonials are slated to return all 14 letterwinners from the 2011 squad that finished 13-17 overall and placed fifth at the CWPA Southern Division Championship.
The new recruits include:
Hometown: Los Gatos, Calif.
High School: Menlo School
Connor Dillon was the 2011 All-Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) Bay Division Goalie of the Year and earned Second-Team All-CCS Division II honors as a senior. The Los Gatos, Calif., native led Menlo to a 79-32 combined four-year record and four straight PAL titles. The Knights were 2010 CCS Division II champions and reached the finals in both 2008 and 2009 and the semifinals in 2011.
Dillon has also been a member of Stanford Water Polo Club since 2006, winning second place for the 2011 Junior Olympics 18U Gold Division and the 2009 and 2010 16U Platinum Division. In 2009, Stanford Club also came in first at the U.S. 16U Club Championships. In addition, Dillon was named MVP of the 2008 San Diego County Cup.
Coach Reed's take: "Connor had a breakout year this year, finishing his high school career as one of the top goalkeepers in Northern California. Connor is a hard worker who will push (incumbent goalie) Cameron Illes every practice."
Hometown: Claremont, Calif.
High School: Claremont
Jonah Dowd scored 241 goals in his four-year career at Claremont High School, including 89 as a senior in 2011, when he was named first-team all-league and second-team All-CIF. The native of Claremont, Calif., also earned team MVP honors two years in a row.
Coach Reed's take: "Jonah plays for one of the top club programs in Southern California. His speed and post-up play will have an immediate impact on this team."
Position: Center Defender
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
High School: Sports High School
Bogdan Petkovic captained the Serbian Cadet National Team and is also a member of Water Polo Club Partizan, which is a 25-time national champion. He has helped lead the national team to a number of championships in international play, including the 2007 Diana Cup in Bulgaria, the 2008 Balkan Games in Montenegro, the 2009 Giugno International Tournament in Italy and the 2009 International Tournament in Slovakia. In addition, his team placed second at the 2007 International Tournament in Obrenovac, Serbia, and at the 2009 Balkan Games in Serbia.
Coach Reed's take: "Bogdan has a tremendous amount of international experience. He has had the privilege of playing against some of the best players in the world. His expertise and aggressive style of play will improve our overall defensive play."
Hometown: Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif.
High School: Palos Verdes
Club: Palos Verdes Water Polo Club
Alec Sedlachek led his Palos Verdes team to four straight Bay League titles, as well as the CIF championship in 2009 and back-to-back semifinals in 2010 and 2011. The native of Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif., was named the team's Most Improved Player as a freshman and was a team captain as a sophomore. In addition, Sedlachek has trained in Eger, Hungary, the last two summers.
Coach Reed's take: "Alec is a big, strong player. He adds depth and size to our team and will be a great complement to our current center, Ridvan Pehlivan."
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