May 11, 2009
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena water polo head coach Ellen Howe announced today the signings of four student-athletes who will join the program and enroll at the college beginning this fall. Becca Robinson, Stephani Pouder, Cally Timm and Veronica Bone will comprise the class of 2013 along with Monica Chaviano who committed to the program during the early signing period last fall.
A native of Sinking Spring, Pa., Robinson was a standout at utility for Wilson High. A Pennsylvania Honorable Mention All-State in 2007, she was named Second Team All-State last season. Additional awards she has secured include being named to the Bulldog Bash All-Tournament Team, Beast of the East All-Tournament Team and twice being named to the Northeast Zone Team.
"We are very excited to have Becca join our program," notes Howe. She comes from one of the most decorated programs in the state of Pennsylvania and has played in some top notch games. She will make an immediate impact on our program her freshman season."
Stephani Pouder joins the Saints from Orland Park, Ill. where she recently completed a stellar amateur career in goal at Carl Sandburg High. In 2008, she was an All-Conference, All-Sectional and Fourth Team All-State honoree. A tremendous all-around student-athlete, Pouder was the recipient of Cassie Merca Good Sportsmanship and Character Award and was a two-year team captain.
"Stephani is an extremely athletic and smart goalie. She has improved tremendously over the past two years and is very capable of being a great goalie for our team and in our conference."
Timm, who hails from Mission Viejo, Calif., was a strong player at center for Capistrano Valley High. A tremendously decorated athlete, Timm has excelled both in water polo and synchronized swimming where she was a four-time Jr. National Team Tryout Qualifier, Figures gold medal award winner, Trio bronze medal, solo bronze medal, figures bronze medal and duet fifth place award winner. In water polo, she trained in Eger, Hungary for two years, was the recipient of the Coaches Award twice and was a two-year team captain.
"Cally comes from one of the best water polo leagues in the country. She has had a ton of experience playing against some of the best players in the country. She will step in immediately at the center position and will be the anchor of our offense. Her athleticism and training as a synchronized swimmer will provide much needed strength to play against the better defenders in our conference."
A native of Mercer Island, Wash., Bone completes the incoming freshman class. She competed in water polo at attacker for Mercer Island High.
"Veronica will add much needed depth and speed to our roster. She has great work ethic and will push the other players around her to be better. We are excited that she will be part of our team next year."
The Siena College water polo team concluded the 2009 season at 10-17 overall and return to action in February 2010.