Part of a special era of women's water polo in the United States, Ellen Estes Lee broke on to the scene in the late 90s as a member of the Women's National Team and a star for the Stanford University women's water polo team. Estes started in the sport at the Marin Water Polo club and followed as a two-sport star at Novato High School. She then parlayed that into a career at Stanford that saw MPSF Player of the Year honors and a NCAA Championship in 2002. In the meantime she played a key role on the Women's National Team as they ventured into uncharted territory, the Olympic Games. Estes earned Silver at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, the first to offer women's water polo, and followed that with Bronze at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She remains involved in the game today, recently as an Assistant Coach with Harvard University, serving on the Board of Directors for USA Water Polo and acting as the National Governing Bodies' athlete representative on the US Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council.