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Water polo seniors secure their college choices

 

It was quite a 2010 season for the seniors on the Menlo School boys' water polo team. Not only did the Knights defend their PAL Bay Division title, but they splashed their way to the Central Coast Section Division II championship.

To top it all off, all five seniors made early commitments to play water polo in college. Kyle Bowman is headed to MIT, Jacob Dorn is going to Johns Hopkins, Jack Finch is headed to Navy, John Holland-McCowan will continue his career at Harvard and Keegan Williams will play for Bucknell.

"It is so rare, especially in this day and age, that every senior on a team is recruited by their top college choice and then earn admission, and all early-decision, especially at the caliber of schools that these student-athletes have pursued," Menlo School coach Jack Bowen said.

The Knights are coming off a season during which they won the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division crown before capping off the season with a CCS title following a victory over rival Sacred Heart Prep. Menlo also finished fifth among CCS boys' water polo teams in the CCS scholastic competition.

"It's a real testament to the commitment of the players in our program to 'Be Your Best,' both in and out of the pool," Bowen added. "The schools they have selected are all great fits for them, respectively, and given what I have come to know about these young men, I know they will continue to thrive in all aspects of this next chapter in their lives."

Other Menlo seniors who committed to their respective colleges in the early signing period included: Jake Bruml (baseball), Pomona College; Allie Frappier (volleyball), Yale; Patrick Grimes (golf), Stanford; Whitney Hooper (basketball), New York University; Hailey Smith (water polo), Maryland; and Robert Wickers (football), Brown.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Pam McKenney, Menlo School

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