Stanford boys finish strong in annual Cal Cup tourney


The Stanford Water Polo Club boys' 18U team, which finished first two weekends ago in Pacific Zone qualifying for the 2011 Junior Olympics, followed that performance with a third-place finish at the eighth annual Cal Cup Championships this past weekend in Ontario.

Stanford defeated the North San Diego Stars, 15-5, in the bronze medal match on Sunday at Norco High. Stanford opened with a 13-3 win over DACA before romping to a 16-8 victory over Orange County on Saturday.

On Sunday, Stanford dropped a 15-14 decision to Santa Barbara, which went on to finish second to overall champ San Diego Shores. Stanford finished 3-1 during the tournament, which served as another solid tuneup for the Junior Olympics, which will be held in Orange County later this summer.

The Stanford Red 18-under team, which is coached by Brian Kreutzkamp, included Thomas Agramonte, Alex Bagdasarian, Philip Bamberg, Dante Cavazos, Robert Dunlevie, Casey Fleming, Mark Garner, Patrick Goodenough, Alex Gow, Nick Hale, Colin Mulcahy, Max Schell, Daniel Schwartz, Peter Simon and Adam Warmouth.

The Stanford Red 16-under team finished fourth at the Cal Cup after dropping a 6-3 decision to San Diego Shores in the bronze-medal match. In the semifinals, Stanford fell to eventual champion Lamorinda, 9-5, while finishing 4-1 in the two-day tourney.

Stanford opened with a 12-7 victory over CHAWP and beat Foothill Water Polo Club, 9-8, in the second round. In Round 3, Stanford posted an 8-7 victory over SoCal on Saturday at Corona del Mar High.

Coached by Terry O'Donnell, the Stanford Red 16-under team included Stephen Cho, Zachary Churukian, Brayden Curry, Maxwell Draga, Harrison Enright, David Freudenstein, Rishabh Hegde, Harrison Holland-McCown, Michael Holloway, Reid Lazzarini, Evan McClelland, Morgan Olson-Fabbro, Will Runkel and Alexander Swart.

The Stanford 16s finished third at the Pacific Zone qualifying for JOs two weeks ago in the East Bay.

While the Stanford Water Polo Club teams will be off practice Friday, many of the players will be attending a clinch at Sacred Heart Prep from 4-7 p.m. Recently graduated Stanford players: Drac Wigo, Janson Wigo, Sage Wright and Jeffery Schwimer will headline a fundraising clinic that afternoon.

All the clinic instructors have been selected to participate with Team USA at this summer's World University Games, Aug. 11-23 in Shenzhen, China, and will be holding the clinic in efforts to fundraise for their upcoming trip.

Between them, the four players are 13-time All-Americans. During the clinic they will work on advanced shooting techniques and other valuable skills that they have learned throughout their colligate and international playing careers. Along with the in-water instruction they will also talk about their experiences with college academics, college water polo, and how it was like to play professionally in Europe, with time for Q and A's.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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