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Mortimer a leader for CdM

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Senior defender, a team captain, helped young Sea Kings again win Battle of the Bay.

December 28, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Annie Mortimer is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Corona del Mar High's Annie Mortimer is the Daily… (Don Leach, Daily…)

There are obvious reasons why first-year Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach Ross Sinclair would appreciate senior Annie Mortimer.

Mortimer has put in time at the lower levels of the program, building her way to the senior team captain status she currently enjoys. She had a standout game offensively and defensively last week in the Sea Kings' 7-5 upset Battle of the Bay win over Newport Harbor.

But there is at least one other thing Sinclair loves about Mortimer. She is money on team road trips. He trusts her iPod more than most of her teammates.

"She puts her iPod in and it's good music," Sinclair said. "This is really good stuff. [I said] 'Annie, you're always driving with me, and we're listening to your iPod all the time.' I think she had some Modest Mouse maybe in there, Vampire Weekend.

"There's only a handful of the girls that listen to some quality music. The rest are caught up with this Miley Cyrus and electronic garbage, in my opinion. She's different than the other ones, in a good way."

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At 28, it's clear that Sinclair has different musical tastes than his players, who are more than a decade younger. But it could be said that musical tastes are subjective.

What wasn't subjective was how well Mortimer played in that Battle of the Bay match. She skipped in a shot from the perimeter in the second quarter, giving the Sea Kings a 2-0 lead. More than that, she acted as an effective distributor.

"She dictated and controlled the offense," Sinclair said. "She knew what to do and really controlled our attack ... You might get zero shots in the game, you might get zero goals, but can you distribute and get the ball where it needs to be for us to be successful? That Battle of the Bay game, she did really well at that."

It seems that Mortimer was born to be in the water. She said that her grandfather, Charlie Langmade, was a lifeguard in Newport Beach back in the day.

"It made more sense for me to play water polo than running or something," said Mortimer, whose mother, Carole, was a swimmer at San Marino High in the early 1980s.

Annie said she got into the sport at the end of the eighth grade. Her friend since kindergarten, CdM senior Bobbi Hoose, helped to introduce her to the sport.

She played frosh/soph her freshman year. Her sophomore year, she got great experience playing at two meters with CdM players like Diana Murphy and Pippa Saunders, who are now at Princeton and Cal respectively. Mortimer turned into a reliable set guard.

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