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Bears Add Three Accomplished Student-Athletes

Nov 12, 2021
Lindsey Harris, left, Nieve Courtney, middle, and Abbi Magee have all joined the Cal women's water polo program.

The Cal women's water polo team's 2022 recruiting class is an accomplished trio, with each student-athlete having extensive international experience playing in the USA Water Polo National Team program.

Head Coach Coralie Simmons announced the signings of Abbi Magee, Lindsey Harris and Nieve Courtney. Each will enroll at Cal next fall and begin playing for the Bears in the 2023 season.

"Our 2022 class brings excellence in and out of the pool," Simmons said. "We will immediately get more athletic, and each student-athlete will fit really well into our style of play. With formidable athletes graduating, this group of athletes are excited for the opportunity to vie for niches in our program."

Magee, a 5-foot-8 utility player from Las Vegas, has been a member of USA Water Polo's Pipeline program for the past three seasons and competed with the U.S. Youth National Team last summer in Greece.

"Abbi is a quick and very dynamic player," Simmons said. "She has a great motor and can play both ends of the pool very well. Abbi's highlight is her competitiveness. She will push our squad with talent and a championship mindset."

Harris, a 6-1 center from Rossmoor, Calif., is a two-time member of the U.S Development National Team.

"Lindsey is a quintessential center with tremendous upside," Simmons said. "Her strength and explosiveness will blend well with our returning squad. We look forward to her growth and presence in and out of the water. She's a natural leader, who leads by working hard and creating strong relationships."

Courtney is originally from Salt Lake City but moved to San Clemente for her final two years of high school. She was a member of the 2017 U.S. Development National Team and 2021 U.S. Youth National Team.

"Nieve is a fast and dynamic attacker," Simmons said. "She has a fantastic mentality around matching up against opponents. Nieve loves water polo, and has an amazing knack for the game. She will add another amazing layer to our team culture."

The 2022 season begins in January.