May 7, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's water polo program signed 5-9 utility player Christie Miller of Sacramento to a national letter of intent, head coach Keith Wilbur announced during the late signing period that began April 14.
"Christie is a talented water polo player and a hard worker," Wilbur said. "She has benefited greatly from the tutelage of her high school and club coach, Rafael Ruano, who is also currently the National Youth Team coach. I am very excited that Christie decided to come to Santa Clara next year. She will be a great addition to our team."
Miller is a product of Rio Americano High School, where she is a two-time first-team All-CIF honoree for the San Joaquin section after leading her prep squad as the section champions the past two seasons. Lauded as a team MVP last season, Miller has also earned first-team All-Capital Athletic League recognition and received the Outstanding Player Award at the 2002 Sierra Shootout. This past season, her team broke rival Davis High School's 96-match unbeaten streak at Western States.
Miller has also participated in several zone development teams in Central California and has competed at the past six Junior Olympics with her club team, American River.
"She has been a go-to player on one of the top high school teams in Northern California for the past couple of years," Wilbur continued. "She has also gained great experience competing against some of the top club programs while playing with her club team on a year-round basis."
Santa Clara recently concluded its season with a 21-16 record and a fifth-place finish at the Western Women's Water Polo Association Championship.