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Riley Clansen ‘23 Recruiting Profile

  • Foothill High School (Santa Ana)
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Men's Water Polo
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Riley Clansen's Men's Water Polo Recruiting Profile
Prim. Position:
6ft 4in
50 Yard Swim Time
100 Free

Personal Statement

My name is Riley Clansen, and I am a rising Senior at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California.  I am the starting High School Varsity goalie.  In addition, I have played 8 years as a goalie with SOCAL Water Polo and I am a 4-time USA Water Polo Junior Olympics All American (2021, 2019, 2017, and 2015).  My 16U SOCAL club team won bronze in the 16U Championship Division in 2021 and our 18U SOCAL club team won gold in the 18U Championship Division in 2022. 

I have also participated in the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program and this year I was selected for the ODP Academy and the Youth National Team for 2022.  Our Youth National team won silver at the Junior Pan American Games in July of 2022 and we will be playing in the FINA Youth World Games in Serbia in August of 2022.

I am also a two-sport athlete and compete in swimming.  In 2022 I qualified for Division 1 CIF in the 100 Breast and 200IM relay.  At a younger age I played baseball, flag football and soccer.

Water Polo IQ/About Me:

I understand how important it is to build great relationships with teammates.  Water polo is a team sport, and every player has a key role to play.  I am a student of the game.  I believe we play games at our best when we focus on details and work hard to improve in practice.   

My consistent communication with teammates on offense and defense and my ability to read shooters are some of my best attributes. I have very strong legs and exceptional passing and blocking abilities.  I am a hard worker both in the classroom and in the pool, a selfless team player, and a leader on my team. I believe I bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the game, and I have a knack to play under high-pressure situations. 


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 2 years
  • 2022 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #1
  • 2021 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #1
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Conference, CIF Open Div 3rd Team; FHS Varsity MVP Defense
  • Team Awards:
    Conference Champs, CIF Open Div
  • Season Schedule

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 8 seasons
  • 2022 USA WATER POLO (Youth National Team)
  • Notes: USA Water Polo Youth National Team - Selected for 2022 Junior Pan Am in Indianapolis and 2022 FINA Youth World Championships in Serbia - Silver Medal in 2022 Junior Pan Am
  • Season Schedule
  • 2022 Socal Water Polo (18U)
  • Notes: 18U USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics Platinum Gold Medal Winners
  • 2021 Socal Water Polo (16U)
  • Notes: 16U JO Platinum Division 3rd Place - 1st Team JO All American
  • 2019 SOCAL Water Polo Foundation (14U)
  • Notes: Top 10 Finish in USA Water Polo Junior Olympics - 2019 USA Water Polo All American; 14U Champions Cup USA Water Polo Jody Campbell Sportsmanship Award
  • 2018 Socal Water Polo (14U)
  • Notes: Top finish of any B team in the Country in the Platinum Level at USA Water Polo Junior Olympics
  • 2017 Socal Water Polo (12U)
  • Notes: Top 10 Finish in USA Water Polo Junior Olympics - 2017 USA Water Polo All American
  • 2016 SOCAL Water Polo Foundation (12U)
  • Notes: Top 10 Finish in USA Water Polo Junior Olympics
  • 2015 SOCAL Water Polo Foundation (10U)
  • Notes: Top 10 Finish in USA Water Polo Junior Olympics - 2015 USA Water Polo All American

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Paden Mitchell (16U Head Coach)
  • High School Head Coach
  • Jim Brumm
  • Club Coach
  • Andrew Rowe (18U Head Coach)
  • Position Coach
  • Randy Galza
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Ross Sinclair

Additional Sports

  • Swimming
  • F
  • 3 Years
  • Varsity Team
  • 2022 Qualified for CIF Division 1 in 100 Breast and 200IM Relay - 2022 Varsity Boys Workhorse Award
  • Swimming
  • F
  • 7 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • SOCAL Aquatics Club Swim Team - Junior Olympics and Spring JO Times Achieved



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High School Information

High School:
Foothill High School (Santa Ana)

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Math and English
AP Classes:
Yes. English
Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?

Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • USA Water Polo 2021-2022 Outstanding Academic All-American award for receiving a 4.00 GPA or higher; Scholar-Athlete Freshman
  • Award
    • Sophomore
  • Award
    • and Junior Year; Foothill TV
  • Activity
    • Newport Beach Lifeguard Academy

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