BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--CSU Bakersfield head water polo coach Jason Gall has announced the signing of three prep athletes to a National of Letter of Intent to continue their career with the Roadrunners.

Kristen Jensen is an attacker from Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga.  Jensen led Los Osos to a second place finish in the CIF Division 4 as a freshman, sohpomore, and as a junior. She has earned first team All-League and first team All-CIF honors as a sophomore and as a junior.  She was also selected to the 2011 and 2012 Cal-HI (California-Hawaii) All-American teams. Jensen has also been a starter for the CHAWP Club team and has participated in both the National Junior Olympics and US Club Championships in each of the last four years. 

“Kristen is a driver but is versatile and is a force in all areas of the game,” Gall said. “I’ve been watching Kristen play for over a year and I knew Kristen was exactly the type of player that we needed here to help us make that next step.  Defensively, Kristen understands how to take those calculated risks that can really change the momentum of a game.  She’s very quick and she understands how to turn a defensive stop into a goal for her team and that is something that will help us win a bunch of games.  I’m looking forward to having Kristen be a part of our program.”

Katie Benson is an attacker who will graduate from Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta. Benson played for the Falcon Water Polo Club from 2010-12 during which time the team won a Gold Medal in the U-16 Division of the 2011 Junior Olympics. As a member of the Rosebowl Water Polo Club, Benson helped lead that program to a Bronze Medal in the U-18 Gold Division at the 2012 Junior Olympics. Benson has been participating in the Coastal Region Olympic Development Program since 2010. At Crescenta Valley, the team won the Pacific League Championship in 2012 and was a CIF semifinalist.

“Katie as a real passion and love for water polo,” Gall said. “She participates in every opportunity in which she is given has to play the game whether it’s attending club tourneys, practice, high school games, summer camps or ODP training camps.  She’s always in the water.  We’ve been able to really get to know Katie through our summer camps the last two years and I know that Katie will do everything we ask of her and more.  She’s coachable, has a good base of fundamental skills and will have a great impact on our program in many ways.”

Tancy Aldridge is a utility player coming to Bakersfield from Cabrillo High School in Lompoc. Aldridge has scored over 100 goals in her prep career entering her senior season. As a junior, she led the Conquistadores to a Los Padres League Championship as she was selected co-league MVP. She earned first team All-League honors as a sophomore. In between her junior and senior campaigns, her Santa Barbara Water Polo Club team won a silver medal at the 2012 Junior Olympics. She was also selected as an Outstanding Academic All-American by USA Water Polo in the Summer of 2012.

“Tancy is one of the top players in her area.  She has really shown dedication to the sport of water polo and just like Kristen and Katie, Tancy is always trying to find ways to play more, work out more and improve everyday. 
Tancy will be able to play several different positions in the pool which will help as we work on filling some of the holes that will be left be this graduating class.”

CSUB enters the MPSF in time for the 2013 season and this is the first recruiting class since the Roadrunners moved from the WWPA.

“I am really excited about the start of this recruiting class,” Gall said. “In addition to talent in the water and what they will bring in terms of helping us to pick up wins, I think that this group will bring great energy and enthusiasm to our team next year.”

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