Stanford water polo great Wigo named to hall of fame


Former Stanford All-American Wolf Wigo is among the Class of 2011 that will be inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in September in Los Angeles.

A prodigy of the New York City water polo scene, Wigo's accomplishments could fill a book. Never the biggest player in the pool, he emerged on the national scene at the age of 13 playing with the senior team of the New York Athletic Club.

A standout in swimming and water polo for Bronx Science High School Wigo's 17 and under club team is still the only non-California team to ever win a Junior Olympics.

At Stanford, he helped win two NCAA championships that included his senior season that saw a 27-1 record, MPSF Player of the Year and NCAA Player of the Year honors. In addition Wigo is only one of nine athletes in Stanford history to be named All-American four straight years.

As his college career wound to a close, his Senior National Team experience began to take off. The top scorer at the 1993 and 1995 World University Games, Wigo earned a spot on the 1996 Olympic squad in Atlanta becoming the first player hailing from east of the Rockies to make the team since 1956. This was the first of three straight Olympic Games he would play in including the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics.

A member of the 1997 FINA Cup Gold Medal winning squad, Wigo served as team captain from 2001-2004, was named USA Water Polo Male Athlete of the Year on three occasions, and in 2000 was named to the All-World First Team by NBC Sports following the Olympic Games.

A member of the New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame, Wigo starred in Greece for three seasons. Since retiring internationally Wigo has given back to the water polo community helping to form SET Water Polo of Orange County, co-founding Kap7 International and currently heading the UC-Santa Barbara men's and women's teams while also assisting with Santa Barbara club water polo.

Still an active participant with the New York Athletic Club while winning numerous national championships, Wigo also serves as a color commentator for NBC Olympics, most recently at the 2008 Olympic Games.

The other inductees are two-time Olympic medalist Robin Beauregard, Masters Water Polo pioneer Michael Garibaldi, women's water polo advocate Jennie Jacobsen-Huse, and two-time Olympian Kyle Kopp.

Inductees were chosen through a process that included open nominations by their peers, evaluation of their candidacy by the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Committee, and final ratification of the committee's recommendations by the USA Water Polo Board of Directors.The Committee is co-chaired by Brent Bohlender and Atherton's Chris Dorst, a former Stanford water polo All-American, and includes Stanford grad Jody Campbell, Dion Gray, Maggie Kelly, Charles Schroeder and Scott Schulte.

USA Water Polo inducted its first Hall of Fame class in 1976.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo

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