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When it came time to take pictures, Karlie Wanmer was all smiles.

The Porterville High School senior announced her signing with Biola University women’s water polo with a small signing ceremony, Monday afternoon at the Panthers’ pool. It was the culmination of what had been a stressful past couple of months.

“It was really stressful at first before I signed,” Wanmer said. “I was stressing about being on the team and everything that came with it. And then once I finally signed, it was like a really big stress reliever….it all kind of hit me, and I’m just really excited to actually be a part of the team and start playing.”

Wanmer officially signed her National Letter of Intent last Wednesday for the private Christian university in La Mirada. 

Neptunite head coach headed to the Air Force

If you’ve ever been to a swim meet or water polo game in Porterville, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ve seen Mikayla Balangue somewhere in the crowd. 

She’s hard to miss with vibrant red curls and an engaging smile. You see her everywhere, going from team to team, saying hi to coaches and players before a wave to the officials as well.