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#2 Melissa Seidemann
Position: 2-Meter Offense
Height: 6'0"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
High School: College Park
Major: Psychology
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Favorite Stanford Memory: "My team after we won the UCI Tourney [in 2009] we were all on such a natural high from beating USC in sudden death. And to score the winning goal felt amazing. After that game our team was all on the same page and in great position for the rest of the season. That win brought us together and bonded us for the year." USA Water Polo: Tied for second on the U.S. Olympic Team with seven goals as the U.S. claimed its first Olympic Gold Medal at the 2012 London Games ... helped U.S. National Team to gold at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final and 2011 Pan-Am Games. 2012: Took a leave of absence from Stanford to train with the U.S. National Team ahead of the 2012 Olympics. As A Junior In 2011: Selected to All-MPSF First Team ... second on the team with 51 goals, her third straight 50-goal season ... posted first hat trick of the season in win at Michigan (1/23) ... scored twice in 10-9 overtime win over USC in Stanford Invitational title game (2/7) ... added four goals in 15-4 win at Pacific (2/20) ... posted third hat trick in win over CS Bakersfield (2/26) ... scored eight goals over four games at the UCI Invitational from Feb. 26-27 ... netted three goalsin win at UC Davis (3/27) ... scored in 9-8 overtime win at USC (4/2) ... posted hat trick at UC Irvine (4/3) ... scored twice in 10-8 win over Hawai'i (4/9) ... added a pair of goals in Big Splash win at California (4/16) ... scored three times in win over San Jose State (4/22) ... scored five times in National Collegiate Championship quarterfinal win over Iona (5/13) ... added a goal in semifinal win over USC (5/14) and title game victory over California (5/15). Summer 2010: Trained and played with the U.S. Senior National Team ... helped lead U.S. to gold medals at the World Super League Finals and at the FINA World Cup ... traveled to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand as part of the U.S. team ... spent the final month of summer at home with her family and dog ... finished the summer at a leadership academy in Ohio. As a Junior in 2010: Led Stanford in scoring for second straight year, firing home 54 goals ... named to All-MPSF Third Team ... earned place on All-National Collegiate Championship First Team ... also earned spot on MPSF All-Academic List ... opened season with hat trick against UCSB at NorCal Invitational (1/30) ... posted second hat trick in win over Pacific at NorCal Invitational (1/31) ... scored four goals in each of first two games at Stanford Invitational, against Michigan and USC (2/6) ... scored twice in Stanford Invitational title game win over California (2/7) ... led team with three goals in win at San Jose State (2/20) ... added a hat trick in win over Arizona State (3/21) ... scored four times to lead team in 11-6 win at UCLA (3/27) ... scored seven goals, including a hat trick in third-place game win over California, over three games at the MPSF Tournament ... netted four goals in 23-3 win over Pomona-Pitzer in National Collegiate Championship quarterfinal (5/14) ... scored twice in 6-3 semifinal win over California (5/15). Summer 2009: Lived at home in the East Bay ... coached her swim team, the Larkey Sharks ... commuted to Stanford to play for Stanford Water Polo Club ... played on 20/U and senior teams that won national championships ... was named MVP of the 20/U tournament ... spent a week in Yosemite, hiking and camping with her family. As a Freshman in 2009: Named to ACWPC All-America First Team ... led team with 59 goals ... the fourth true freshman since 1997 to lead team in goals ... named MPSF Newcomer of the Year as well as to All-MPSF First Team and All-Freshman Team ... named MPSF Player of the Week on Feb. 23 ... 10 of her 18 multi-goal games were hat tricks ... scored at least four goals in a game five times ... scored four goals against Indiana for season's first hat trick (2/7) ... netted 10 goals over four games at the Stanford Invitational from Feb. 7-8 ... scored seven times in a doubleheader sweep of Sonoma State and UC Santa Cruz ... earned MPSF Player of the Week honor after scoring 10 goals to lead Stanford to Irvine Invitational title ... netted four goals in 11-10 semifinal win over Hawai'i (2/22) ... scored three times, including the tournament-winner in sudden death, in final against USC (2/22) ... capped off a run of four consecutive hat tricks from Feb. 21-March 7 with five goals at Arizona State (3/7) ... netted four goals in 11-6 win at San Diego State (3/25) ... posted another hat trick in 14-7 win at UC Irvine (3/26) ... scored twice in 9-8 home win against UCLA (4/3) and in 11-6 loss at USC (4/18). High School: A 2008 graduate of College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, Calif. ... competed for the water polo teams all four years and for three years on the swim team ... also played soccer as a prep ... captained the water polo team in 2007 and 2008 ... helped lead team to DFAL title as a senior ... was named a NISCA All-American as a senior and was named Team MVP in 2007 ... a member of the U.S. Youth National Team in 2006 which won the gold medal at the Pan-American Junior Games ... was the leading scorer in that tournament with 20 goals ... was a member of the youth national team that went undefeated in Sydney, Australia over the summer of 2007 ... also part of the team that competed in the 2008 Global Championships ... has competed for Devil Mountain Water Polo Club, Golden Bears, and Lamorinda on the club level over the past five years ... earned All-America honors at the U.S. Water Polo 20/U Nationals. Personal: Born in Hoffman Estates, Ill. ... parents' names are Mark and Bobbie ... has one older sister, Lauren, and a younger sister, Natalie ... Lauren is currently a center on the UC Davis women's water polo team and Natalie is a freshman in high school ... hobbies include playing water polo, photography, and hanging out with friends ... psychology major.
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