Estancia High girls' water polo player Ilene Umansky is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week. (KEVIN CHANG, Daily Pilot / December 19, 2012)

In addition to talent, she has a competitive side to her. Most times, when she's about to score, she'll stare down the goalie.

At that moment, if her eyes could speak, they would say, "I'm going to score on you and you're not going to stop me."

But don't let that moment fool you. Umansky is known for her humor and for being outgoing, Broderick said.

"She is a lot of fun to be around," Broderick said. "She is very positive. She likes to make people laugh around her."

Umansky is also known as a great student, who is very organized.

"I like to know what I'm doing so I can do things before they happen," she says.

She is one of the top students at Estancia, Broderick said of Umansky, who also plays volleyball.

In the spring, Umansky doesn't play a sport so she says she wants to find a job.

After high school, she's interested in becoming an occupational therapist like her mother, Amy. Umansky is also fascinated with being an athletic trainer.

She's already been accepted into Scranton University's occupational therapy program. She's also applied to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where her brother attends, and San Diego State, as she plans to earn a degree at a four-year university before transferring for another degree in occupational therapy.

She has it all planned out. And, much like her water polo playing style, she plans to have fun and seize the opportunity.

There's symbolism when Broderick describes Umansky's role for the Eagles.

"I don't think it's so much that we go to her for scoring, but she takes it into her own hands," Broderick said. "When she feels something is not happening, she just does it. I don't really have to ask her to shoot. If she has the ball she is probably going to shoot."


Ilene Umansky

Born: May 18, 1995

Hometown: Costa Mesa

Height: 5-foot-7

Sport: Girls' water polo

Year: Senior

Coach: Jennifer Broderick

Favorite Food: "Anything dark chocolate"

Favorite movie: "Bridesmaids"

Favorite athletic moment: "When we got to throw Coach [Jennifer] Broderick in the pool when we made it into CIF [playoffs] two years ago."

Week in review: Umansky tied a career-high with nine goals in a 21-2 win over Westminster Dec. 12 and had seven goals in a 10-1 victory over Santa Ana Dec. 13. She has scored 64 goals this season, which leads Orange County.

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