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Olivia Knizek
Position: Varsity
Year: Senior
City/State: Thousand Oaks, CA
High School: Thousand Oaks HS
College: Revelle
Major: Human Biology
Experience: 3 Letters
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AS A SENIOR IN 2013-14
UCSD's Karen E. Reis Award co-winner for leadership and campus and community service ... Team captain ... Triton Athletes' Council (TAC) Executive Board ... Chair of TAC community service committee and team representative.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2012-13
Won gold in the Collegiate DII/III/Club Varsity 4+ grand final at the San Diego Crew Classic (4/7) on Mission Bay ... Triton Athletes' Council (TAC) team representative.

CLUB
Swam for Lightning Aquatics, based in Santa Ana, in 2010.

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2010 graduate of Thousand Oaks High School ... Two-time captain of the Lancer water polo team ... Coaches' Award as a senior, when she broke the school's single-season record with 60 steals ... Also competed in swimming.

PERSONAL
Born Oct. 10, 1992 in Woodland Hills ... Parents are Bret Knizek and Cynthia Neill-Knizek ... Has one older brother named Andrew and two younger brothers named Avery and Colin ... Human biology major with a minor in psychology at Revelle College ... After earning her UCSD degree, aspires to attend graduate school to pursue a career in physical therapy, specializing in pediatrics or neurological disorder ... Most memorable UCSD moments include taking San Diego Crew Classic gold for her first collegiate win and aiding women's crew to a three-peat in the TAC Challenge swim relay as a junior ... Enjoys hiking, camping, reading and agriculture ... Roots for the University of Kentucky basketball team and the Los Angeles Clippers ... Lists U.S. men's water polo captain and Olympian Tony Azevedo as her favorite athlete ... Top moves are Lilo & Stitch and Sherlock Holmes ... Listens to Eric Church ... Loves BBQ pulled pork sandwiches ... Considers her parents, grandmother, and high school water polo coach, Daisy, among her greatest influences ... Through 4-H (youth development organization), raised lambs for 10 years and was on the 2009 national champion avian bowl team.

2014 NCAA MWP Champs (mid-ad)
Birch Aquarium (mid-ad)