Women's Water Polo Adds Brazilian Olympian Mariana Duarte

Women's Water Polo Adds Brazilian Olympian Mariana Duarte

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's water polo program announced that Brazilian Olympian Mariana Duarte will join the program for the 2016-17 season.

Duarte, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, competed in the Olympic Games in Rio this summer, where she played in six games, and scored against the United States and Australia. She also earned a start against China.

"Mariana is a perfect fit for our women's water polo program," head coach James Graham said. "She has proven to be a tremendous shooter against the best goalies in the world and her Olympic experience will help our young team rise to new heights.  This will be the best freshman class Pacific has ever had and we are excited to go after the Golden Coast Conference Championship this season."

The 5-7 attacker has played in six competitions with the Brazil senior national team before turning 20 years old, including the Olympics, the World League Super Finals in 2015 and 2016, World League Qualification in New Zealand in 2015, the World Championships in Kazan in 2015, and World League Qualification tournaments in California in 2014 and Canada in 2015.

With the Brazil junior national team, she helped the team to a second place finish (the program's highest ever) at the California Pan-American Games in 2014 after winning the South American Games in Chile in 2013. She also played in the 2014 World Championships in Madrid, and the Pan-American Games in Argentina in 2013, helping Brazil place third.

She's played club water polo for Clube Paineiras do Morumby, where she was named the club's top player in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Duarte will be a freshman at Pacific with four years of eligibility.

The Tigers finished as the runner up in the Golden Coast Conference in 2016, falling in the second sudden-death overtime in the title game, coming just shy of an NCAA Tournament appearance.