SFC water polo adds five to roster
Coach Duretic sees 'great fit' in new arrivals to Terriers
After finishing just one win shy of the NCAA Tournament a season ago, the St. Francis Brooklyn men’s water polo team is hoping that five new additions to the always-competitive squad make the difference in 2022.
“This group of young men will be a great fit in our program,” said SFC men’s head coach Ilija Duretic after announcing that Iakovos Kamchi and Ioannis Egnatiadis of Greece and Jovan Parojcic, Luka Ragac and Nikola Jovanovic of Serbia would be swimming in Brooklyn Heights.
These five will be added to a team that returns all but three from last year’s unit, which reached the Northeast Water Polo Conference Championship before losing to Princeton, which represented the league at the NCAAs.
Returnees include the program’s first All-American honoree since 2013, Aleksa Sisakovic, and fellow All-Conference First Team member Adonis Vlassis.
Kamchi, a 5-foot-11 defender, joins the Terriers after an impressive youth career with his club team Olympiakos and the Greek national team, according to the school’s athletic department.
He intends to study management at SFC after finishing his studies at St. Lawrence College in Athens.
Egnatiadis will also be making the trip from Athens to Remsen Street after competing with club team Panathinaikos.
He has received multiple medals in domestic and international competition.
With Panathinaikos, the 6-foot attacker played on teams that won bronze, silver and four gold medals in the Greek domestic league.
Parojcic, also an attacker, adds to the prorgram’s Serbian contingent. He has played on the youth teams of club Partizan since 2010, collecting hardware across Europe along the way.
The 5-foot-11 attacker chose SFC for the chance to continue his education while competing in Division I water polo. He plans to major in Information Technology.
Ragac, a 5-11 utility, arrives in Brooklyn following a prep career at the prestigious San Domenico School outside of San Francisco.
After making the jump to the United States from his native Serbia, he helped the Panthers to their first boys water polo playoff appearance.
Jovanovic, who rounds out the trio from Belgrade, was a member of club Novi Beograd’s youth program.
The 6-2 goaltender competed across Europe with the club, earning honors at multiple tournaments; including goalkeeper of the tournament at a Belgian competition.
“These five student-athletes have already achieved a great deal in their youth careers,” added Duretic, who was a member of the Terriers’ 2013 Final Four team as a player.
“And I look forward to their contributions to our program as they continue to grow in the pool and in the classroom.”
The 2022 campaign will officially kick off during the Bruno Classic at Brown University from Sept. 3-4.
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