Four Stanford players named to U.S. junior team


Stanford women's water polo coach John Tanner could get lonely this fall when he reconvenes for the school year in late September.

He already knows he'll be without the services of several players currently training with the U.S. National Team.

Monday he learned he'll also have to make do without junior goalkeeper Kate Baldoni, sophomore attacker Kaley Dodson and incoming freshmen Ashley Grossman and Kiley Neushul, at least for a while.

Olympian Heather Moody, the U.S. women's junior national coach, named Baldoni, Dodson, Grossman and Neushul to the national team that will compete in the FINA Junior World Championships in Trieste, Italy in mid-September.

All-Americans Melissa Seidemann and Annika Dries, along with incoming freshmen Maggie Steffens will be training all year with the national team as the squad prepares for the 2012 London Olympics.

Seidemann and Dries helped the Cardinal win the NCAA title in the spring, while Steffens is the younger sister of Stanford grad and current national team member Jessica Steffens.

Stanford grads Brenda Villa and Lolo Silver are also competing for the national team.

Menlo-Atherton High grad Emily Dorst, Stanford sophomore Kelsey Suggs and incoming freshman Cory Dodson were also on the junior national team training roster.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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