Water polo: Csikos on cusp of scoring record

Senior Emily Csikos is about to become the all-time leading scorer in Cal women’s water polo history.

With her next goal — likely on Saturday at Cal State Bakersfield — Csikos will pass Coleette Glinkowski as the fifth-ranked Bears’ most prolific scorer.

Csikos and Glinkowski (1997-2000) current share the top spot with 212 goals.

A native of Calgary, Csikos moved to Montreal after high school graduation and and spent two years training with the Canadian National Team. She enrolled at Cal in the fall of 2008, although she continued to commute back to Canada to prep for a shot at the 2012 London Olympics.

Csikos was an immediate hit with the Bears, scoring 65 goals her freshman campaign. As a sophomore in 2010, Csikos found the net 69 times, fifth-most in school history. A year later, she was a finalist for the 2011 Peter J. Cutino Award, given to the top player in the country.

A three-time All-American, has scored 43 goals in 18 games this season.

She skipped the college season last spring as the Canadian team traveled to Italy for an Olympic qualifying tournament. Csikos and her national teammates missed out on a spot at the London Games, but she returned to Berkeley and will graduate this semester.

Then, it’s back to Montreal to resume training with the Canadian national team.

Jeff Faraudo