May 15 - Seattle, WA
Northwest Water Polo Club is preparing to bid farewell to some of its outstanding seniors who will be taking their skills to the college level next fall. These dedicated individuals have not only left a lasting impact on NWPC but have also earned themselves coveted spots on NCAA, JC and club team rosters. Let's take a closer look at the seniors from the Northwest Water Polo Club who are set to make waves in college water polo next season.
Ava Grays - West Valley College - Water Polo
Hailing from Bellevue High School, Ava is a versatile athlete who has showcased her leadership skills in and out the pool. Ava will take to the water at West Valley College next fall as she embarks on her college journey. Grays' commitment and determination have been a driving force behind her success, and her dedication to the sport will undoubtedly serve her well at the next level.
Drake MacNichols – Chapman University - Water Polo
Drake MacNichols, a standout player from Sammamish High School, has etched his name in the annals of the Northwest Water Polo Club's success. With an impressive track record that includes being a 14u, 16u, and 18u PNW Zone Champion, MacNichols will compete for a spot on the water polo team at Chapman University next fall. Alongside pursuing a degree in computer science, MacNichols will continue to demonstrate his exceptional skills in the pool, representing his university (and Washington State) with pride.
Ramzi Megalli – Brown University - Water Polo
Ramzi Megalli, a product of Seattle Academy, has exemplified dedication and excellence throughout his water polo journey. With a repertoire that includes stints with the USAWP Development, Cadet, and Futures teams, Megalli has demonstrated his talent on both a local and national stage. Additionally, he earned the recognition of being named a 2021 Junior Olympic All-American. Megalli's commitment to both his academics and water polo has secured him a spot on the Brown University water polo team, where he will pursue his passion while studying premed.
Hebu Patil – Cal Tech - Water Polo
Hebu has been with Northwest since the starting water polo as a 14u. A member of several PNW zone championship teams, Hebu has displayed incredible toughness, intelligence and consistency over the past four years. Hebu's tenacity in the classroom and the pool have provided him an opportunity to continue playing at the NCAA level for the California Institute of Technology next fall.
Valentino Soroor – Cal Lutheran University - Swim Team and Water Polo
Valentino Soroor, a standout athlete from Bellevue High School, possesses a remarkable combination of skills in both swimming and water polo. Soroor's prowess in the pool has led him to Cal Lutheran University, where he will contribute to both the swim team and water polo team while pursuing a degree in business. Soroor's consistency coupled with his ability to excel in multiple aquatic disciplines, will undoubtedly make him a valuable asset to the Cal Lutheran sports programs.
Misha Zhekov – Western Washington University - Soccer Team and Club Water Polo
Misha Zhekov will continue his athletic pursuits at Western Washington University. Zhekov's talents extend beyond water polo, as he will also join the soccer team while studying sports medicine. Misha's strong work ethic, combined with his dedication to both sports, will allow him to make a significant impact on the WWU community.
Northwest Water Polo Club takes great pride in helping athletes prepare for successful transitions to the collegiate level. As these talented seniors embark on their college water polo journeys, they carry with them the skills, determination, and work ethic honed through their experiences with their coaches, teammates and families. We eagerly anticipate witnessing their continued growth and success as they make waves in the collegiate water polo scene. Congratulations to these athletes on this great accomplishment!