Rome, Italy – Three players added to the roster of the USA Women's National Team in January, are having a dramatic impact on the team and have emerged as key figures in the quest for the team to qualify for the Sydney Olympic Games.
Goalkeeper Bernie Orwig (Anaheim, CA) led the University of Southern California to the 1999 National Championship and received the Peter J. Cutino Award as the 1999 Women's Collegiate Water Polo Player of the Year. Orwig will start in goal at the Qualification tournament.
Ericka Lorenz (San Diego, CA) may be the best all-around athlete on the team. In addition being a two-time CIF (San Diego conference) MVP and three-time All-American in water polo, Lorenz was a three-time, first team
CIF softball player and two-time first-team CIF volleyball player. Lorenz,
the team's youngest player, is seeing a lot of playing time and is a
contender for the 11 player Olympic squad.
Heather Petrie, (Orinda, CA), the captain of Cal's team, made the decision
to sit out this year's college season for the chance to make the Olympic Team
and the gamble appears to be paying off. Like the other two new additions,
Petrie has impressed the coaching staff and has a real shot at making the
"Our new additions have just made incredible progress in adapting to the
international game and have improved our team and our chances to get
qualified," says USA Women's Team Head Coach, Guy Baker.
USA WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
Name Age ht/wt School Position Home Town
Robin Beauregard 20 5'9"/175 UCLA '01 2mD Huntington Beach, CA
Ellen Estes 21 6'/160 STAN '01 2mO Novato, CA
Courtney Johnson 25 5'4"/125 CAL '96 Driver Salt Lake City, CA
Ericka Lorenz 19 5'11"/160 CAL '03 Driver San Diego, CA
Heather Moody 26 6'1"/180 SDSU '97 2m/D Green River, WYO
Bernice Orwig 22 6'2"/175 USC '99 Goalkeeper Anaheim, CA
Maureen O'Toole 38 5'11"/140 UHI '85 2m/Driver Piedmont, CA
Nicolle Payne 23 5'9"/150 UCLA '99 Goalkeeper Cerritos, CA
Heather Petrie 22 5'11"/165 CAL '01 2m/Driver Orinda, CA
Rachel Scott 24 5'11"/150 SDSU '99 LeftHander Bainbridge Island,
Kathy Sheehy 29 5'10"/150 SDSU '97 2m/Driver San Diego, CA
Coralie Simmons 22 5'8"/140 UCLA '00 Playmaker Hemet, CA
Julie Swail* 27 5'8"/140 UCSD '95 Driver Placentia, CA
Brenda Villa 19 5'4"/140 STAN '03 Playmaker Commerce, CA