College Bound: Where Are the 2018-19 NISCA Water Polo All-Americans Going?

With the 2019 collegiate men’s water polo season quickly approaching, SwimSwam combed the college rosters and signing releases to find out where the top 2018-19 high school players are headed.

Of the 58 seniors named to the NISCA All-American teams, 27 are currently listed on collegiate rosters. Nineteen of the 49 college water polo teams have not updated their rosters to include this year’s freshman class.

Thus far, seven schools have signed on two All-America honorees, while 10 others have brought in one 2018-19 NISCA All-America selection.

  • UCLA’s incoming class boasts two first team All-Americans in Chase Honaker (Dallas, Texas) and Jack White (Newport Beach, California).
  • Harvard signed first teamer Kaleb Archer (Clovis, California) and second team selection Gabe Putnam (Clovis, California).
  • Pacific has brought in first teamer Matt Hosmer (Santa Ana, California) and fifth team honoree Lewis Gale (Stockton, California).
  • Bucknell’s roster includes second team All-American Jeffrey Brill (Okemos, Michigan) and Nicolas De La Sierra (Greenwich, Connecticut).
  • Iona’s roster features second teamer Kyle Laufenberg (Greenwich, Connecticut) and sixth teamer Lester Machado (Hialeah, Florida).
  • UC Irvine brings on second teamer Jake Liecthy (Newport Beach, California) and sixth teamer James Meisenheimer (Orlando, Florida).
  • Fresno Pacific signed on third teamer Zach Zetz (Clovis, California) and fourth team selection Connor Schink (Clovis, California).

If you know of more 2018 NISCA All-American water polo players that are playing collegiately, please let us know at [email protected], so we can update this listing. 

2018-19 NISCA All-Americans Currently Listed on Collegiate Rosters

Name High School/Hometown College Commitment
First Team
Kaleb Archer Buchanan High School; Clovis, CA Harvard
Matt Hosmer St. Mary’s High School; Santa Ana, CA Pacific
Chase Honaker St. Mark’s School of Texas; Dallas, TX UCLA
Bender Russo Naperville Central High School; Naperville, IL George Washington
Second Team
Jeffrey Brill Okemos High School; Okemos, MI Bucknell
Kyle Laufenberg Greenwich High School; Greenwich, CT Iona
Jake Liecthy Newport Harbor High School; Newport Beach, CA UC Irvine
Gabe Putnam Buchanan High School; Clovis, CA Harvard
Sam Untrecht Menlo School; Atherton, CA Cal
Third Team
Sawyer Koetters Santa Monica High School; Santa Monica, CA MIT
Zach Zetz Buchanan High School; Clovis, CA Fresno Pacific
Fourth Team
Connor Schink Buchanan High School; Clovis, CA Fresno Pacific
Fifth Team
Michael Colmenares Richmond Foster High School; Richmond, TX Austin College
Payton Comstock Fenwick High School; Oak Park, IL Navy
Lewis Gale St. Mary’s High School; Stockton, CA Pacific
Frank Lozinski Saint Francis High School; Mountain View, CA UC San Diego
Alex Peterson St. Ignatius College Prep; San Francisco, CA Pomona-Pitzer
Chris Scoboria Exeter Township High School; Reading, PA LaSalle
Sebastian Zapatero Santa Monica High School; Santa Monica, CA Fordham
Sixth Team
Reed Bearden Grand Blanc High School; Grand Blanc, MI Mercyhurst
Jacob Hollo North Allegheny High Schoool; Wexford, PA Gannon
Lester Machado Hialeah High School; Hialeah, FL Iona
James Maxi Meisenheimer Dr. Phillips High School; Orlando, FL UC Irvine
Maxwell Patterson Menlo School; Atherton, CA Brown
Honorable Mention
Nicolas De La Sierra Greenwich High School; Greenwich, CT Bucknell
Max Deihl Sycamore High School; Cincinnati, Ohio Air Force
Nathan Fisher Fenwick High School; Oak Park, IL Occidental

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Keep up the water polo coverage!


So glad to see Chase Honaker from St. Mark’s/Dallas going to UCLA – he’s a great asset!


Over/under 20% end up in the transfer portal