4 members of ThisWeek’s Tremendous 6 women water polo crew made a splash on the state’s largest stage.
All of the honorees are finalists to be named Captain – our women water polo Athlete of the 12 months. That honor can be introduced in the course of the Central Ohio Excessive College Sports activities Awards on-line present at 8 p.m. June 30.
Beneath is the Tremendous 12 for women water polo:
Caroline Colombo, Higher Arlington
Colombo, a senior and first-team all-state choice, recorded a team-leading 115 targets and had 23 assists and 56 steals to steer the Golden Bears to a 26-0 report and their 18th state championship.
Colombo additionally completed 18th within the 100-yard backstroke and twenty first within the 200 freestyle within the Division I state swimming meet in February and was on the third-place 400 free relay. She is going to play membership water polo at Cincinnati.
“She’s a really, excellent participant. Her teammates recognize her,” coach Caitlain Spangler mentioned. “She’s prepared to get it up the pool and get the ball the place it must go. We’ve plenty of women who deal with assists, and never solely does Caroline rating quite a bit, she helps her teammates rating, too.”
Addie Jay, Higher Arlington
Referred to as a “defensive wizard” by Spangler, Jay made 50 steals and contributed 22 targets and 14 assists because the Bears went undefeated, together with an 11-4 win over Cincinnati Sycamore within the state ultimate.
Jay earned third-team all-state honors in serving to to steer a protection that gave up 102 targets, a mean of three.9 per sport, whereas the Bears scored 338. UA by no means allowed greater than seven targets in any sport and surrendered 4 or fewer 15 instances.
Jay additionally targeting distance occasions for the swimming crew, which completed third within the Division I state meet.
“She started her management (talents) way back and led this crew by means of this yr,” Spangler mentioned. “She is hardworking, hysterical and admired. Her capacity to play arduous and work along with her teammates is unparalleled.”
Lydia Muldoon, Higher Arlington
Muldoon, a senior, helped anchor the Bears’ defensive effort as they went 26-0 and gained their second consecutive state title.
Muldoon made 70 steals and 5 blocks, each of which led the crew. She additionally straight contributed to 102 targets, scoring 34 and aiding on 68 to earn first-team all-state honors.
She was seventeenth within the 50 free within the Division I state swimming meet and anchored the fourth-place 200 medley relay.
Spangler known as Muldoon, who will attend Ohio State, the crew’s “defensive guru.”
“She is the glue that retains everybody collectively,” Spangler mentioned. “She is quiet, sort, sturdy, vivid, caring and wonderful. She loves the game and her teammates greater than anybody I’ve ever labored with … (and) she was all over the place she wanted to be always.”
Caroline Porterfield, Higher Arlington
Porterfield, a junior and Georgia Tech swimming commit, was an all-around risk for the undefeated state champions.
She had 48 targets and 34 assists, made 67 steals – second on the crew to Muldoon’s 68 – and blocked three photographs. She was named first-team all-state.
Final winter, Porterfield shared the 50 free state title with teammate Riley Huddleston and was on the championship 200 free relay and fourth-place 200 medley relay along with ending fifth within the 100 free.
“She can be an enormous piece of the puzzle subsequent yr,” Spangler mentioned. “On prime of (her scoring), she sprinted nearly all of the quarters and gained almost each time. Her pace within the sport is a results of all her arduous work. On prime of that, she is admired by all her teammates.”
Porterfield additionally was a member of the Tremendous 12 women swimming and diving crew.
Fiona Saunders, Worthington Kilbourne
This senior was a robust presence in objective for the Wolves.
The Mercyhurst commit had 101 blocks by means of the 17-game common season and blocked two penalty photographs within the regional event in opposition to Napoleon.
Saunders was voted Goalie of the 12 months by the Ohio Water Polo Coaches Affiliation and was named first-team all-state.
“Fiona is an unbelievable chief from the goalie place,” coach Olivia Miranda mentioned. “We had been capable of keep aggressive early within the season whereas implementing new gamers into our lineup just because different groups had a tough time scoring on her.”
Nevin Woods, Thomas Worthington
Woods, a second-team all-state choice, was probably the most constant contributors on offense for the Cardinals.
Via 10 video games, the senior heart averaged 2.2 targets and had a 50 p.c taking pictures common whereas additionally averaging one steal per contest and main the crew in ejections drawn. Miranda mentioned these numbers present how Woods excelled regardless of receiving vital defensive consideration from opponents.
“As a result of groups usually double- or triple-teamed her, having her in (the) heart opened up alternatives for different gamers on offense,” Miranda mentioned. “Regardless of being guarded so closely, Nevin completed the season with probably the most targets and most ejections drawn. Nevin labored extremely arduous all season to raise a lineup that consisted of many first- and second-year gamers and was a giant motive the crew improved a lot because the season went on.”