Athlete of the Week : Water Polo’s Noah Tiu ’20
For this week’s edition of Athlete of the Week, we check in on the undefeated Pacific men’s water polo team. Attacker Noah Tiu ’20 comes to Pacific after a great high school career at Cathedral Catholic High in San Diego. Tiu played a crucial role in the Dons’ success over his four years at the school, winning four straight Western League Championships, two Division 3 CIF titles, and two CIF Open Division Championships. Tiu was a Second Team All-Western League selection, as well as a two-time invitee of the OlympicDevelopment Program National Selection Camp. Hailing from Southern California, the 19-year-old Tiu is redshirting in his freshman season. There are few teams in the country one would rather learn behind, as the Tigers have Athlete of the Week : Water Polo’s Noah Tiu ’20 had one of the top programs in the nation for years. When asked why he decided to come to Pacific, Tiu expressed as much.
“I fell in love with the school and the campus. The program here is amazing; it’s getting better and better each year and I really wanted to be a part of it,” said Tiu. In terms of goals for his first collegiate year, Tiu said that he hopes to be good teammate as he prepares for an expanded role next year. “I want to get better as a player so I can help the team and so I’m able to play a lot,” Tiu explained. “My goal for this season is to be a positive presence on the team and get ready to play next year.” As a team, Tiu said the Tigers are aiming to win the Golden Coast Conference in 2016, the conference’s inaugural season. The men have gotten off to a great start, as their 5-0 record at publication timehas them leading Long Beach State, Pepperdine, UCSB, San Jose State, and UC Irvine, respectively. When he took a look at the full schedule, though, Tiu said he was most looking forward to visiting USC. When asked what he likes to do in his spare time, Tiu’s Southern California upbringing shone through: “When I’m not in the pool I like to go surfing,” said Tiu. “Going to the beach is what I miss most about San Diego.”
And, being the college student that he is, he also mentioned that he likes to sleep between practices, games and going to classes as a Psychology major. One of Tiu’s favorite places to eat is Red Robin and his favorite movie is Step Brothers. The men’s water polo team will next play in Davis this Friday, September 16 against Cal Baptist in the Aggie Roundup Tournament. The Tigers look to improve their record to 10-0 after four matches this weekend.
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