STATEN ISLAND, New York, December 7 WAGNER College women's water polo head coach Patrick Beemer has announced the signing of two incoming student-athletes in the early National Letter of Intent signing period. The Seahawks have received commitments from Carina Giles (Mohnton, PA) and Natalie Pyrz (Harleysville, PA).
Giles is a 5'8" utility player from Governor Mifflin High School, the same high school attended by current Wagner junior Amber McMichael. She is a three-time all-state selection in the state of Pennsylvania and will bring depth in several key areas for the Seahawk squad including the ever dicey 2M area. Carina's accolades during her four year tenure as a starter at GMHS also include team captain and the Outstanding Offensive Player Award in 2005. Her talents are not limited to the pool as she was active in both the Student Government and Athletic Trainers Club.
"Carina brings all the things we are looking for in a student athlete at Wagner College. She is extremely versatile and will be quite the asset to our water polo program, this is definitely a positive addition," said Beemer.
Natalie is a gifted driver out of Souderton High School, the same secondary school attended by current Wagner sophomore Alexandra Tomlinson. Pyrz utilizes speed and stunting techniques to get her powerful shot off and is a 2-time All-Pennsylvania selection earning 2nd team honors as a junior and 1st team accolades as a senior. Natalie is also a member of the Souderton High School 50 goal club as well as a two-time selection as Souderton High School Utility Player of the Year.
Not stopping there Natalie was a selection on the Northeast Zone Team for the National Youth Training Camp. Natalie will have an immediate impact on the Seahawk squad with her ability to find an open shot as well as being able to free up her teammates. Of Natalie, Beemer said, "We are extremely excited to have Natalie as a Seahawk. She is from a strong, supportive water polo family and she will have an immediate impact on our program."