25 Michaella Parelius
25 Michaella Parelius
Height: 5-8
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Soquel, Calif.
High School: Soquel High School
Position: Driver
Major: Child Studies

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2014: Saw time in 3 games … scored 1 goal vs. Cal State Monterey Bay on March 23

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Soquel High School in Soquel, Calif. and played water polo, soccer and track … she played four years on the varsity water polo team, being named team MVP her senior year for her 126 goals, 54 assists and 89 steals … named to the All-League First Team her sophomore and junior seasons … awarded Second-Team All-CCS in her senior year and named MVP of the league … played three years of varsity soccer making First-Team All-League as a sophomore and junior … competed two years on the varsity track team where she ran a 5:24 mile as a freshman … member of the key club and red cross club.

PERSONAL: Born in Santa Clara, Calif. … daughter of Joshua and Suzette Birnbaum … aspires to be a teacher … enjoys long walks on the beach, spending time with her family and laughing … volunteered for six years at the Special Olympics.

“Santa Clara has been a part of my life since my papa started here in 1951 and then went on to coach the football team for twenty-two years. My mother and many of my relatives attended SCU. I love the sense of community and small class size. Not to mention its prime location and beautiful California weather. Their water polo team is strong and I look forward to being apart of this collegiate sports team. Santa Clara has turned out to be the best decision I have made.”