Qualifying for JO water polo tourney continues this weekend


The Stanford Water Polo Club will send its 18&U and 14&U boys teams to their respective Pacific Zone Junior Olympic qualifying tournaments this weekend in the East Bay.

There will be 18 Pacific Zone teams attempting to qualify for 14 berths in the 18&U division while 26 teams in the 14&U division will be battling for 19 slots.

Final placement in the qualifying tournament will determine whether a team qualifies and which division teams will play in at Junior Olympics. Teams that finish outside of the top four this weekend in 18&U play will be reseeded based on their finish and will play again June 28-29 to determine the remaining 10 spots for the Pacific Zone.

The Stanford 18&U A team is coached by Colin Mello and includes Nick Bisconti, Richard Burke, Stephen Cho, Will Conner, Harrison Enright, John Knox, Evan McClelland, Morgan Olson-Fabrro, Nelson Perla-Ward, Jack Pickard, Trevor Raisch, Max Somple, Michael Swart, Jack Turner and goalie John Wilson.

The Stanford 18&U B team includes Kevin Asplund, Patrick Duffy, Sean Elmurib, Will Fitzgerald, Jared Gencarella, Grant Harvey, Rishabh Hegde, Kia Hosseinian, Eric Lee, Teagan Nibbi, Riley Preston, Anup Sankarraman, Ari Wayne, Spencer Witte, and Anthony Zunino. The team is coached by Brandon Johnson.

The Stanford 14&A team features Niko Bhatia, Nikolas Caryotakis, Andrew Churukian, Miller Geschke, Jayden Kunwar, Alexander Nemeth, Andrew Penner, Nathan Puentes, Luke Rohlen, Chris Rowland, Walker Seymour, Corey Tanis, Alex Tsotadze, Alan Viollier, and Larsen Weigle. The team is coached by Clarke Weatherspoon.

The Stanford 14&B team includes Aaron Babian, Kyle Ballack, Giorgio Fatica, Young Lee, Frank Lozinski, Jack Mallery, Andy Maxwell, Wilson Noll, Maxwell Patterson, William Riley, Noah Smith, Michael Sonsini, Sam Untrecht, Alec Vort and Eric Warmoth. The team is coached by Matt Johnson.

The Stanford 14&C squad features Lucca Aliaga, John Andersen, Thomas Bates-Pezzani, Jackson Clevenger, Finnegan DePuy, Connor Enright, Dakota Freudenstein, Dominick Kirk, Grant Komin, Gary Marston, Zachary

Pendolino, Thomas Phillips, James Plaschke, Luca Popescu, and Benjamin Rapperport. Matt Heagy is the head coach.

In qualifying last week, the Stanford 16&U A team earned a berth into the JO tournament by finishing third in its division. Stanford lost in the semifinals, 4-2, to eventual champ 680 WPC. In the third-place game, Stanford defeated SHAQ, 11-7.

The Stanford 16&U B team went 4-2 and will have to play again next weekend. However, the team is a shoe-in for a JO berth and will be playing for seeding between No. 5 and 8. The team defeated San Jose/Almaden, 223-2; topped 680C, 18-7; dropped a 12-2 match to Stanford A; suffered a 5-3 loss to DACA; posted an 18-7 win over CCU and finally registered an 11-8 win over Academy.

The Stanford 16&U C team went 2-3 with wins against Otter Bay and the Legacy "B" team, both clubs from Monterey. Stanford lost a close game to Academy, which is the club associated with De La Salle, and by larger margins to to Golden State and West Valley clubs.

Stanford C finished 14th overall in the tournament, which means the team will be seeded 10th for the second weekend of qualifying (since the top four from the weekend qualified for JOs).

The big standouts for Stanford were Jack Barman, who scored five goals in one of the games, and goalie Patrick Tandy, who made 11 saves in the close loss to Academy.


The Stanford Water Polo Club 18&A and 18&B teams also will be attempting to qualify this weekend.

The 18&A team features Katherine Moore, Tayler Peters, Caroline Anderson, Courtney Batcheller, Natalie Williams, Kristin Denney, Sami Strutner, Morgan McCracken, Jessica Heilman, Caitlyn Stuewe, Emma Malysz, Anna Edgington, Malaika Koshy, Niki Reynolds, and McKenna Yates.

The 18&B team includes Sam Acker, Bianca Batista, Francesca Gilles, Anna Yu, Katie Keifer, Susan Cantoni, Jalene Weatherholt, Shannon Taliaferro, Maggie Ball, Mackenzie Rosenthal, Rea Brakaj, Tess van Hulsen, and Audrey Flower.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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