Women's Water Polo Announces Six Additions

Aug. 7, 2017

WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's water polo team will add six student-athletes for the 2018 season, head coach Barry King announced Monday.

The incoming class includes Katherine Atherton (Los Altos, Calif.), Dara Bleiberg (Simi Valley, Calif.), Hannah Hathaway (San Jose, Calif.), Grace Heck (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Jaleh Moaddeli (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Alana Ponce (Gig Harbor, Wash.). The group of freshmen bolsters the GW roster heading into King's inaugural campaign with the program.

Katherine Atherton
Los Altos, Calif.
Mountain View High School

Atherton set the single-season and career scoring marks at Mountain View High School. She made All-Santa Clara Valley Athletic League team four times and the All-Central Coast Section team twice. Her senior season the Spartans won the league championship and made the section semifinals for the first time. She was also a USA Water Polo Academic All-American.

Dara Bleiberg
Simi Valley, Calif.
Royal High School

Bleiberg put together a decorated prep career, posting 227 goals, 310 assists and 214 steals in four varsity seasons at Royal High School. As a senior, she helped the Highlanders claim the California Interscholastic Federation title. She was named the Coastal Canyon League's most valuable player and earned a spot on the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Team.



Hannah Hathaway
San Jose, Calif.
Abraham Lincoln High School

Hathaway captained Abraham Lincoln High School to its first ever CIF Central Coast Section playoff berths in 2016 and 2017. She was named first-team All-Blossom Valley League after registering 102 goals and 46 steals as a senior. She helped the Santa Clara Swim Club place 16th at the 2016 Junior Olympics and 15th at the 2017 U.S. Club championships, as well.

Grace Heck
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Dos Pueblos High School

Heck earned three varsity letters at Dos Pueblos High School after moving to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles. She snagged second-team All-Channel League honors as a senior after leading the Chargers to the California Interscholastic Federation Division I semifinals. She also won a Platinum Division title at the 2015 Junior Olympics with the Santa Barbara 805 Water Polo Club.

Jaleh Moaddeli
Newport Beach, Calif.
Corona del Mar High School

Moaddeli was a member of the U.S. Youth National Team that took fifth place at the FINA Youth World Championship in 2016. The attacker was also a first-team All-Pacific Coast League selection at Corona del Mar High School as a senior. She secured a spot on the Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot's Dream Team and made USA Water Polo's All-American honorable mention list.

Alana Ponce
Gig Harbor, Washington
Gig Harbor High School

Ponce won four Washington state titles at Gig Harbor High School and finished her career as the program leader in goals, assists and steals. She took most valuable player honors at the state tournament as a junior and senior. She was named to the NISCA All-American list all four years, including first- team nods in 2016 and 2017. She also competed nationally with the Narrows Water Polo Club.

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