PREP ALUMS . . . With Palo Alto native Toby Espinosa and Atherton resident Grant Villeneuve both contributing, the Brown University men's water polo team defeated Harvard, 15-5, and went on to dominate Princeton, 16-5, to claim top honors at the Ivy Championships hosted at Harvard last weekend in Cambridge, Mass. Villeneuve had a goal in the title-clinching win over Princeton on Sunday and added a goal in the win over Harvard, as did Espinosa, a Menlo School grad. Villeneuve played at Sacred Heart Prep but graduated from Deerfield Prep Academy. Palo Alto High grad Tim Wenzlau and Sacred Heart Prep grad Connor Still each scored once for nationally No. 14-ranked Princeton. The Tigers (17-8) will host the CWPA Southern Championships this weekend.
OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Former Stanford All-American Sara (Bei) Hall has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning gold in the women's steeplechase at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Hall won in 10:03.16. Hall's medal is not only the the first-ever steeplechase medal for an American woman at the Pan American Games, but also is the first in any major international competition . . . A women's tennis team from the Stanford area, representing the USTA NorCal Section, captured a national title at the USTA League 4.5 Adult National Championships last week in Tucson, Ariz. The Stanford squad defeated a team from Tyler (Texas) in the championship match, 3-2, on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Stanford ousted a team from Marietta, Ga., 3-2, in the semifinals. The national championship team is captained by Mary Gustafson and included Marsha Suen, Kelly Mulready, Susan Lynch, Mia Banks, Marilyn Morrell-Kristal, Lynley Payne, Grace Meraz, Irene Otten, Paula Moser, Michelle Bellomo, Debbie Gertsen, Ellie Victor and Suzanne Hayes. The team plays out of Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center.