The Stanford Water Polo Club has one of its 16-under boys' teams qualified for the National Junior Olympics this summer in Orange County. Two others, meanwhile, will have another opportunity following the first weekend of action.
The Stanford 16&U Red team won its qualifying tournament in the East Bay last weekend, topped by a 7-6 victory over Lamorinda in the championship match. Stanford earned the No. 6 seed for the Junior Olympics that will be held July 27-30 in Orange County for the boys.
The Stanford 16&U White squad finished fifth, losing only to Lamorinda in the quarterfinals, 7-5. The 16&U Black team finished 11th out of 26 teams.
Both the White and Black squads will return to qualifying in two weeks while trying to earn one of the 12 remaining Pacific Zone berths for JOs.
The Stanford 16&U Red team is coached by Sacred Heart Prep's Brian Kreutzkamp and includes Nick Bisconti, Will Conner, Sean Elmurib, Grant Harvey, Patrick Kirk, John Knox, Nelson Perla-Ward, Jack Pickard, Trevor Raisch, Max Somple, Michael Swart, Benoit Viollier, Spencer Witte and Christopher Xi.
The 16&U White squad, coached by Tim Norton, features Wes Avery, Finn Banks, Will Crouch, Cade Curry, Patrick Duffy, Andrew Goodenough, Kevin Hansen, Andreas Katsis, Eric Lee, Thomas Reed, Winston Rosati, Gabriel Sleeper, Alex Stratton, Ari Wayne and Christian Znidarsic.
Matt Sorgenfrei coaches the 16&U Black team that includes Nikhil Bhatia, Justin Cooper, Max Elfrink, Leonardo Franco-Munoz, Jared Gencarella, Nikola Kapamadzin, Samuel Lichy, Will Lowdon, Eric Luxenberg, Miles Mackenzie, Mitchell Martin, Teagan Nibbi, Nicholas Russell, Anup Sankarraman and Quinn Vitakis.
The 18&U Pacific Zone qualifying tournament for JOs will be held this Friday through Sunday, also in the East Bay. A total of 15 teams will be competing for 11 berths in the Junior Olympics. The top four squads automatically qualify while the remaining teams will compete June 28-30 for the final spots.
The 18&U Red team is coached by Colin Mello and includes Eric Bakar, Michael Blach, Stephen Cho, Zach Churukian, Brayden Curry, Brendan Duffy, Harrison Enright, Harrison Holland-McCowan, Zoltan Lazar, Reid Lazzarini, Cory McGee, John Raineiri, Will Runkel, Jack Turner and Shawn Welch.
The 18&U White squad is coached by Terry O'Donnell and has Nick Bisconti, Will Conner, Jose Gonzalez, John Halet, Rishabh Hegde, Chris Hinrichs, Scott Jollymour, Evan McClelland, Nelson Perla-Ward, Brandon Plihal, Riley Preston, Alex Swart, Benoit Viollier, Coby Wayne and John Wilson.
Also qualifying this weekend will be the 14&U Red and White teams. A total of 24 squads will compete for 16 berths.
The 14&U Red team, coached by Clarke Weatherspoon, features Niko Bhati, Nikolas Caryotakis, Andrew Churukian, Jackson Enright, Miller Geschke, Quinn Hamilton, Andrew Jozefov, Kyle Leung, Nathan Puentes, Chris Rowland, Kyle Rumptz, Gabriel Sleeper, Maximilian Untrecht, Alan Viollier and Ben Wagner.
Aaron Johnson and Matt Heagy are coaching the Stanford 14&U White team that includes Jackson Clevenger, Giorgio Fatica, Sean Ferrari, Frank Lozinski, Gary Marston, Andy Maxwell, Andrew Penner, Thomas Phillips, Luke Rohlen, Nicholas Russell, Michael Sonsini, William Steinback, Ryan Toulouse, Alec Vort and Diedrich Welling.