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  Ellen Estes
Ellen Estes

Player Profile

Novato, CA

High School:


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Briefly: Great in front of the goal on offense and defense ... Very experienced, adept in all facets of the game.

As a junior in 2001: Named Second Team All-America by the American Water Polo Coaches Association … Earned First Team All-MPSF honors … Member of the NCAA Championship and MPSF Championship All-Tournament teams … Third on the team with 37 goals scored … Scored in 22 of the Cardinal’s 28 games and registered two or more goals 11 times … Posted two goals in the team’s 12-0 win against Brown in the NCAA semifinals … Recorded a season-high three goals at Long Beach State and against San Jose State twice … Scored the game-winning goal in the final seconds to give the Cardinal the 7-6 win over UCLA in the championship game of the Stanford Tournament.

Summer of 2000: Competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics with the U.S. National Team, which won the silver medal in the first ever women’s water polo Olympic competition … Scored a goal in a 7-6 loss to eventual gold-medal winner Australia.

As a junior in 1999: Redshirted to train with the U.S. National Team.

As a sophomore in 1998: A First-Team All-American … Named the MPSF Player of the Year … Co-MVP of the MPSF Tournament after leading Stanford to a second-place finish … Received All-Tournament honors at the Aloha Classic, where she led the Cardinal to the tournament title … Led the team with an amazing 93 goals, breaking the school record … Led the team in scoring in 25 of 35 games.

As a freshman in 1997: Tallied 49 goals, the second-best mark on the squad, en route to Second-Team All-America and First-Team MPSF Northern Division honors … Posted a career-high six goals in an 11-5 win over San Diego State in the UC San Diego Triton Invitational … Garnered First-Team all-tournament honors at Collegiate Nationals … Scored at least one goal in 28 of the Cardinal's 43 matches.

High School: Prepped at Novato High School … The 1996 team captain and MVP, she led the Hornets to a third-place finish in the North Coast Section Championships and was named the NCS and Marin County Athletic League MVP … Also garnered Second-Team All-America honors in 1996 … Named the 1996 Marin County Scholar-Athlete from Novato … Received All-MCAL honors in 1995 … Also competed on the swim team and was team captain in 1996 … Won the 50 freestyle league title en route to All-America honors in 1996 … Was a member of the California Scholastic Federation all four years.

Personal: Born Oct. 13, 1978 in Portland, Oregon … Daughter of Gary and Carole Estes … Her brother Brian is a senior at UCLA … Last summer worked at an engineering company … Hobbies and interests include spending time with friends and watching movies … Majoring in mechanical engineering.