18 Rachel Nelson
18 Rachel Nelson
Birth Date: 07/07/1991
Height: 5-8
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lompoc, Calif.
High School: Cabrillo HS
Position: UTL

2010: Played in 28 games as a true freshman...Scored four goals for the Gauchos...Also tallied 14 steals, four assists, four earned ejections and two field blocks...First collegiate goal was scored during a 12-6 win over Pamona Pitzer (Jan. 23)...Scored in back-to-back overtime games against Indiana and UC Irvine (Feb. 6).

Played at Cabrillo High School for coach Corey McIntyre...Was twice named the Los Padres League MVP (2008 and 2009)...A three-time All-CIF Division IV First Team pick...Helped lead the Conquistadores to the 2007 CIF Championship...Also won the Los Padres League all four years of her prep career...In 2009, Cabrillo qualified for the CIF semifinals...Also competed in swimming...A standout in the classroom, she was a four-time Principal's List nominee and graduated in the Legion of Academic Merit (for having a cumulative GPA above 4.0).

Played for Santa Barbara Water Polo Club...Helped her team to a bronze medal finish at the 2008 National Junior Olympics.

Rachel Anne Nelson was born on July 7, 1991 in Long Beach, Calif....Parents are John and Deanne Nelson...Has an older sister, Kathryn, who is also on the UCSB water polo team and whom she names as her personal hero...Is majoring in biology at UCSB and aspires to one day be a veterinarian...Names "Avatar" as her favorite movie while "To Kill a Mockingbird" is her favorite book...Enjoys listening to the music of Bob Marley...Names winning CIF in 2007 as her most memorable athletic achievement.


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