The SwimOutlet.com Junior Olympics is fast approaching, with the Stanford Water Polo Club sending its top boys' teams to Orange County at the end of the month for the annual national test, set for July 30-Aug. 2.
The club's top four age-group teams finished no worse than 10th -- three finished among the top four -- at the recent US Club Championships.
The Stanford 18U squad had the best finish, finishing second after dropping a 15-9 decision to Regency at the Soda Center in Moraga on Sunday.
Stanford opened with a 12-3 win over Huntington Beach and romped to 17-3 triumph over 680 Drivers on Friday. Saturday saw Stanford get by Santa Barbara Water Polo Foundation, 11-10, setting up a 12-11 semifinal victory over San Diego Shores.
The Stanford 18s, coached by Sacred Heart Prep's Brian Kreutzkamp, earned its second top-three finish in a major tournament this summer. The team finished third at the Cal Cup Championships in Southern California last month.
The 18s are a combination of holdovers -- Thomas Agramonte, Philip Bamberg, Mark Garner, Robert Dunlevie, Colin Mulcahy and Peter Simon, among others -- from last year's team that finished eighth at JOs plus graduates from the 16U team that took second. The Stanford 18U also won its Pacific Zone JO Qualifying Tournament.
Earning all-tournament honors last weekend were Stanford's Dunlevie and Mulcahy (both first team) plus second-teamers Max Schell and Agramonte.
The Stanford 16U team, coached by Terry O'Donnell from St. Francis, finished fourth at the US Club Championships, its second top-four placing this summer after taking fourth at the Cal Cup Championships.
Stanford opened with an 8-7 win over Huntington Beach on Friday and followed that with a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Water Polo Club. On Saturday, Stanford got by Santa Barbara, 6-4, to win its pool and defeated 680 Drivers, 8-5, to reach the semifinals. On Sunday, Stanford dropped a 7-6 overtime decision to Rose Bowl and then fell to Saddleback El Toro (SET) in the third-place match, 8-4.
All-tournament recognition for Stanford included goalie Will Runkel (first team), Morgan Olson-Fabbro (second team), Harrison Enright (honorable mention) and Corey McGee (honorable mention).
The Stanford 14U team also finished fourth at the US Club Championships, which was held a week earlier in Southern California. The squad fell to Foothill, 6-5, in the third-place match. Stanford earlier took second at the San Diego County Cup, fourth at the Cal Cup and first at the Pacific Zone JO Qualifying Tournament under the guidance of coach Clarke Weatherspoon.
Stanford players named to the all-tournament team included Benoit Viollier (first team), Nelson Perla-Ward (second team), Jack Pickard (honorable mention) and Trevor Raisch (honorable mention).
Also in Southern California two weeks ago was the Stanford 12U team, which finished 10th. The team is coached by Tim Kates and finished second at the Pacific Zone JO Qualifying.