Loughran Announces 2015 Recruiting Class
The Lions' five-member recruiting class adds size and speed to the Lion lineup.
LOS ANGELES - Five new faces will join the LMU men's water polo team in the fall of 2015, adding size and speed to the roster, Head Coach John Loughran announced Friday.
"All five recruits come from great schools with solid water polo programs," said Loughran, who enters his 19th season at the helm of the Lion program in 2015. "We also made sure that we were bringing great students as well as water polo players. These new additions are going to help us continue with LMU's traditions."
Leading the class is Dayne Jagga, a 6-5 center from Durban, South Africa, who played high school water polo for Clifton College while also competing for the Team Walrus club team. Jagga was a member of the U18 and U20 South African National Teams, as well as becoming one of the youngest athletes to be selected to represent the South African Senior National Team. Jagga has also clocked times of 24.64 in the 50-meter freestyle and 53.78 in the 100-meter freestyle.
"Dayne is going to be able to help our team right away at the center position," Loughran said. "He has great size and swims very fast for a center. With his International experience on the South African Team he should be ready right away to fit in and make a difference."
Sean Elmurib (6-2, attacker) and Eric Reitmeir (6-5, utility) both prepped at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif., and will remain teammates on the Lions' squad this fall.
Elmurib stars for the Stanford Water Polo Club, which placed second at both the Club Championships and Junior Olympics in 2013. A multi-sport athlete with great swimming speed, Elmurib has posted a 20.66 in the 50-meter free and 47.06 in the 100-meter free.
Reitmeir, a dynamic player with great length and versatility, has played his club water polo for NorCal Aquatics. In addition to water polo at Saint Francis High School, he was also a four-year member of the boys volleyball team.
Matthew Braun, a 6-4 defender, hail from Beaverton, Ore. He prepped at Southridge High School, starring for three consecutive Oregon High School 6A State Championship teams. Also a prep swimmer, Braun placed second in both the 100-meter free (47.01) and the 50-meter free (21.78) at the Oregon High School 6A Championship swim meet. He played his club water polo with Tualatin High Water Polo Club.
Rounding out the 2015 recruiting class is Edward Moss, a 6-3 attacker from Greenwich, Conn. Moss prepped at Loughran's own alma mater, Greenwich High School, while also competing for the Chelsea Piers Water Polo Club. A prolific swimmer, he set the Connecticut state record in the 50-meter free (20.18). He also shares the state record in the 400-meter freestyle relay, swimming a split of 44.63.
"Our speed is definitely going to be better," Loughran added. "These guys are going to make an immediate impact in practice, challenging out current players to continue to be their best."
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