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Melissa
Seidemann
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Female
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
26 June 1990
Height
183 cm
Residence
Walnut Creek, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Psychology - Stanford University: United States

Sport Specific Information

Why this sport?
She followed her older sister into the sport and her swim coach noticed she was strong and tall.
Club / Team
New York Athletic Club [NYAC]: United States
Name of coach
Adam Krikorian [national], USA

General Interest

Most influential person in career
Her parents. (usawaterpolo.org, 21 Mar 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"It's all about keeping the mood light. I'm definitely focused, but if I get too excited I tend to overdo it the first time I'm in. I'm always waiting for the nerves to kick in. It happens every game and tells me I'm ready to play. Oh, and I must have a piece of gum." (usawaterpolo.org, 21 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so very deeply." (usawaterpolo.org, 21 Mar 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2017 Intercontinental Tournament in California, United States of America. (fina.org, 08 May 2017)

She received the 2013 Peter J. Cutino Award. It is given annually to the best male and female water polo player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA]. (usawaterpolo.org, 15 Oct 2014)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Lauren has played water polo at university level in the United States of America. Her younger sister Natalie has been a member of the national cadet training squad in the sport. (usawaterpolo.org, 15 Oct 2014)
Other information
VOLUNTEER COACH
In 2017 she joined the University of California, Irvine's staff as a volunteer assistant coach. (ucirvinesports.com, 27 Jan 2017)