SENIOR GAMES . . . The fourth annual Bay Area Senior Games will begin its four-day run on Saturday, with most of the events based at Stanford University. The Games are a local and much smaller version of the 2009 Summer National Senior Games held on the Peninsula and Bay Area. The athletes, aged 50 and older, are cited as examples of the benefits of an active, competitive lifestyle that embraces vitality. The Senior Games will feature 14 competitions in swimming (Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stanford), track & field, cycling, racquetball, fencing, golf, soccer, three-on-three basketball, softball, race walking, table tennis, tennis, water polo and lawn bowling. Water polo, soccer, fencing and lawn bowling were demonstration sports at the 2009 National Senior Games and have been added to the program. In addition, a Bay Area Senior Games Golf Tournament will be played at Stanford Golf Course on Tuesday, April 13 and a softball tournament at Twin Creeks in Sunnyvale on April 13 and 14. The only sports not to be staged on campus are cycling (Cañada Road, San Mateo County), softball (Twin Creeks, Sunnyvale) and lawn bowling (Palo Alto Lawn Bowls). Inspired by the popular Peak Performance Lectures initiated at last summer's Games and the national conversation about health, aging and care, the inaugural Annual Health & Peak Performance Conference will take place on Friday, also at Stanford. The day will feature lectures on fitness and performance, a luncheon and panel discussion with Olympians, and a pre-Games reception for athletes, sponsors and organizers. More than 1,300 California senior athletes, the most ever, participated in the 2009 Summer National Senior Games last summer. A complete list with contact information for all the California Senior Games may be found at www.californiaseniorgames.org.
OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Former Palo Alto High water polo goalie Polly Ziegler of Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) is this week's Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III Women's Varsity Defensive Player of the Week. Ziegler, a senior, helped Washington & Jefferson record a 12-6 victory over Penn State-Behrend in Erie last Thursday by stopping seven Lion shot attempts. The win was her fifth this spring and her 25th overall as the Presidents' goalie. This season, Ziegler owns a 9.55 goals against average and has produced 73 saves. She also has notched a .507 save percentage. Ziegler has amassed 549 career saves, including a career-high 264 stops last season.