When Sarah Wilkey entered the Newport Harbor High girls' water polo program as a freshman four years ago, she said she spent time making a list.
But just four games into her first season as the Sailors' starting varsity goalie, she is not only checking it twice, but forced to begin anew after checking off each item on the suddenly outdated agenda.
"I had clear goals set for myself to achieve and I did," said Wilkey, a senior who had 14 saves to help lead the Sailors to a 6-5 overtime win over Back Bay rival Corona del Mar on Dec. 17.
Among those goals were to become a varsity starter and secure a college scholarship. She got word recently on the latter, when she verbally committed to play collegiately at UCLA.
"It's like a dream," she said. "All my hard work has paid off."
There are, of course, plenty of dividends yet to collect, said Wilkey, who remains supremely motivated to, among other things, help her team (4-0 and ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division I) pursue Sunset League and section championships.