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Ripon’s Martin signs with Fresno Pacific

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POSTED April 15, 2017 12:20 a.m.

Andria Martin is Fresno Pacific-bound.
The Ripon High senior signed her letter of intent Friday to play water polo for the NCAA Division II Sunbirds of the Golden Coast Conference in the fall.
She was joined on her special day at the RHS North Gym by friends and family, including her parents Bob and Annette Martin, and coaches Erik Zador (water polo) and Kim Corgiat (swimming), to name a few.
Martin, who plans to major in Kinesiology – she eventually hopes to get into physical therapy – chose Fresno Pacific over San Jose State, Stanislaus State and Cal State Monterey Bay.
She played water polo in last summer’s Junior Olympic Games in Palo Alto. That’s where she recalled getting noticed by the Sunbirds.
Martin went on a four-day recruiting trip to Fresno Pacific. She was welcomed there and enjoyed a comfortable stay in the dorms.
“They were very accepting,” she said of her new teammates. “They were all focused on their goals, committed to their education and dedicated to playing water polo. I got along with all of them and knew instantly that I wanted to play for this team.”
She described herself as a utility player in water polo, but will likely be used as sprinter at the next level.
Martin’s RHS coaches believe she’s suited for the next level.
“Andria is an aggressive player,” said Corgiat, who has been Martin’s swim coach dating back to her younger years on the Ripon Sea Lions. “She’s definitely a competitor.”
Zador coached Martin during her four years of playing water polo for the Indians. “She’s competitive and hates to lose,” he said.
Martin, who enjoyed swimming the 200-meter individual medley – her best event is the 100 backstroke – was also describes as being tough.
For that, she credits her involvement in swimming and wrestling.
Martin, in addition, is looking forward to her move to Fresno Pacific.
“The location is near enough to home to visit on occasion and yet far enough away to create the feeling of being on my own,” she said.
That’s no offense to her folks.
“I love my family but I need my space,” said Martin.

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