Sports ShortsOLYMPIANS . . . Stanford grad Kelley O'Hara has been named to her first U.S. Olympic women's soccer team, while fellow Stanford grads Rachel Buehler and Nicole Barnhart will be trying for their second Olympic gold medal. Cardinal grad Christen Press was named as a replacement player. The U.S. Women's National Team has advanced to the gold-medal game of every Olympics thus far, winning the inaugural gold medal in 1996 in Athens, Ga., and silver in 2000 in Sydney, Australia. The Americans are seeking their third straight gold medal after winning in Athens, Greece, in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.
OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Four freshmen rowers attending Palo Alto High finished third in the men's freshmen 4x event at the 78th annual Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA.net) national championships held at Cooper River Park on Friday and Saturday in Camden, N.J. A total of 172 U.S. high schools from across the nation participated in the regatta. Palo Alto was the only high school to participate from west of the Mississippi River. The four Paly rowers were Jaisel Sandhu, Louis Barry, John Carter, and Michael Hindery-Nelson. The Palo Alto rowers row at NorCal Rowing Club (www.norcalcrew.org) during the school year in Redwood City. Axel Stelter coached the men's novice and freshmen program at NorCal and coached the Palo Alto boat for three weeks leading up to the event . . . Castilleja grad Jane Alexander wrapped up a solid career at Harvard where she was the starting shortstop on the Crimson softball team for all four years. She was named a Division I softball Academic All-American (third team; first team District 1), Harvard's Female Breakout Athlete of the Year, Ivy League Co-Player of the Year, and Harvard softball's Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year.
She finished the season batting .408 and leading the team in average, slugging, on-base percentage, and triples, and second in extra base hits, total bases, stolen bases, and double plays. Harvard competed in an NCAA regional finals this year, eliminating No. 23 Texas Tech and Maryland before losing to No. 16 Washington — the first time a Harvard softball team has ever advanced that far in the NCAA tournament. Harvard won the Ivy League championship in Alexander's junior and senior seasons . . . Gunn High senior Julian Calderon will continue his career at St. Cloud State in Minnesota. Calderon was a two-time place-winner in the SCVAL and Central Coast Sectional Championships. Calderon won the Lynne Dyche Classic his senior year at 152 pounds. He will be pursuing an entrepreneurial degree at St Cloud State.