Three local athletes helped the USA women's 400 free relay team earn a silver medal in swimming at the World University Games on Tuesday night in Kazan, Russia.
While the Russians won a the gold medal with a meet record of 3:38.15, Gunn High grad Rachael Acker joined with Palo Alto High grad Liv Jensen and Stanford grad Andi Murez to help the Americans finish second.
Acker, who'll be a sophomore at Cal this fall, opened with a 55.82 split. Murez swam the second leg in 54.48 with Jensen clocking 55.40 on the third. Megan Romano swam the anchor leg for the Americans and split an incredible 52.90 to nearly catch the Russians as the USA clocked 3:38.60.
Palo Alto grad Jasmine Tosky made it out of her heat in the 50 fly, racing a 27.46 during preliminaries.
Tosky finished eighth in her semifinal, though, swimming a 27.39.
Menlo School girls' coach Jen Lee coached the West team and had four local players competing for her at the Under Armour All-America Girls Lacrosse Classic last weekend in Towson, Md.
Playing for the West team was Alyssa Sherman of Menlo plus Caroline Cummings, Brigid White and Libby Muir of Sacred Heart Prep. None of those players are yet committed to college.
"Sherman was outstanding on defense," Lee said "and Muir fared the best, garnering all-tourney honors in midfield."
The West team posted a great win over Midwest (10-8), and challenged Philadelphia's team in a hard-fought game, outscoring them 5-3 in second half before dropping a 10-7 decision. The West also lost to Long Island and Washington, D.C.
Next up will be the 2013 Girls' Champion All-American Showcase, July 21-23, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Recent Menlo graduate Michaela Michael, who missed the regular season with an injury, is back healthy and will participate again. She was the MVP of her team last year in this tournament.
Michael will be joined by Cummings and Palo Alto High grad Nina Kelty. Menlo grad Ali Kim was going to attend, but had a conflict with her Brown University camp.
"The Florida event is also extremely well done, and there are only four teams and roughly 80 girls," said Lee. "Nice honor, invite and opportunity."
This traditional US Lacrosse event returns to Florida for a third year. The players compete in a four-team format over three days. In addition to the girls' event, the Boys' Champion All-American Showcase as well as the US Lacrosse Under-15 National Championship (boys and girls) will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Stanford Girls' Water Polo Club 18U team finished 10th at the US Club Championships last weekend in Southern California.
"We got great experience playing against some of the top clubs in the country and our 10th-place finish sets us up well for JO's next month," said Stanford coach Kyle Utsumi.
The Stanford girls opened bracket play with a 13-10 loss to Huntington Beach and followed that with a 10-4 loss to Xtreme. A 12-10 win over San Jose Aquatics moved Stanford into the consolation quarterfinals.
In its fourth match, Stanford handed Foothill an 8-2 loss. In the semifinals for 9-12th place, Stanford posted an 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Water Polo Club. In the game for ninth place, Stanford was beaten by CHAWP, 9-6.
Competing for Stanford was Katherine Moore, Sami Strutner and Courtney Batcheller (St. Francis); Caroline Anderson and Lauren Lesyna (Gunn); Allison Larko (Los Gatos); Tayler Peters (James Logan); Jessica Heilman (Menlo-Atherton); Carla Tocchini (St. Ignatius); Cathy Cantoni (Mitty); Niki Reynolds (Burlingame); Rachael Vaughn-Hulbert (Willow Glen); Emily Fong (Lynbrook) and Keri Clifford (Harker).
The Stanford boys will be sending a contingent of teams to the US Club Championships this weekend, also being hosted by the Inland Empire at Corona, Ramona, Norco and Santiago high schools plus the RCC Aquatic Complex.
Menlo School's Austin Marcus and Jack Redman have been named to the Cal-Hi Sports all-state baseball team.
Marcus, a catcher, was named to the first team for small schools while Redman, a pitcher, was named to the second team.