The presence of Kruip, who earned third-team All-American recognition last season, will take some pressure off Brandon Johnson, Hunt said.
Hunt thought Kruip had exhausted his eligibility last season, but the UCI compliance office discovered that since he competed only in swimming as a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a fourth water polo season was in the cards for the 6-foot-5, 205-pound utility man.
"It's better than any recruit I could possibly bring in," Hunt said of Kruip's return.
Kyle Kruip, a 6-5, 215-pound senior center, also returns after producing 25 goals last season, sixth-best on the team. The Kruips are also twins.