Christian said the players don't really have to worry about outside expectations. Last year, they didn't end up mattering.
"We have confidence in our team, and 'Coach B' has confidence in us," she said. "That's all we really need. I wouldn't be here today without Coach B or [assistant coach Brian] Melstrom, and what they have done with this program and with us. I wouldn't be going to UC Santa Barbara if it wasn't for them. Everything that I know about water polo is because of them, too, and I couldn't be more grateful."
But college is still down the road. Right now, Christian is leading her team as it looks to defend its CIF hardware.
"To do it again our senior year, I don't even know how I'd feel," she said. "I still think about that game every single day. I literally think about it every single day. Just the feeling of coming back and winning, I can't even describe it.
"If we won it again," she added with a big smile, "I would be the happiest person in the world."
Born: July 16, 1995
Hometown: Newport Beach
Sport: Water polo
Coach: Bill Barnett
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite movie: "The Hangover"
Favorite athletic moment: Helping Newport Harbor win the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title last year.
Week in review: Christian scored seven goals in the four-game Holiday Cup tournament Dec. 28-29. She helped Newport Harbor place third.