The Stanford Water Polo Club opened the girls' competition at the National Junior Olympics on Thursday, with seven teams playing in five divisions. After a total of 17 matches, only one team remained unbeaten.
Stanford had another team survive the first day unscathed, although it wasn't an all-girls squad. The 10U co-ed squad produced victories over San Diego Shores (7-2) and Newport Beach (13-3) to keep its title hopes alive.
The Stanford 18A girls finished 2-1, as did the 18B team, 16A and 12A to open the four-day tournament that concludes Sunday with medal matches at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Complex.
Stanford 18A, which features many of recently graduated high school seniors from the local area, opened with a 21-1 dunking of Thunder WP Black, but dropped an 11-5 decision to 680 Red A before bouncing back to beat Navy AC, 15-3, at Serra High.
Stanford 18B posted an 8-1 win over Chula Vista, lost to SET, 14-1, but edged American River, 3-1.
Stanford 16A posted a 14-1 win over Soquel Waxem before falling to CHAWP, 9-8. That forced a third match on Thursday, with Stanford defeating 680 Blue, 12-6, at Saratoga High.
Stanford 12A followed the same pattern, opening with a 7-5 win over Lamorinda before losing to 680 Red A, 14-1. In Game 3, Stanford rolled to a 15-6 victory over Bakersfield at Sacred Heart Prep.
Stanford 14B was blanked by Rose Bowl Black (17-0) and fell to Newport Beach (15-4).
In the Classic Division, Stanford 16B opened 1-2 following a win over Ellis Aquatics (10-4), a loss to Alliance (18-5) and a loss to Academy WPC (6-4).