Stanford grad, U.S. women's polo team earn USOC honors

Top performances throughout June earned Stanford grad Eddie Penev Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. Women's Senior National Water Polo Team received Team of the Month honors, the United States Olympic Committee announced Monday.

Penev earned two gold medals at the 2014 World Challenge Cup, held May 29-June 1 in Anadia, Portugal. Penev won the floor exercise and vault events with scores of 15.225 and 15.625 to overcome an experienced international field.

The U.S. Women's Senior National Team won the gold medal at the FINA World League Super Final, held June 10-14 in Kunshan, China, marking the team's eighth gold medal in 11 appearances. Team USA went undefeated after opening tournament play with an 11-10 victory over Russia and continued to defeat every opponent by at least two goals or more.

Swimmer Katie Ledecky of Bethesda, Maryland), who'll enter Stanford in the fall of 2015, finished runner-up and water polo athlete Maggie Steffens from Stanford finished third in the female vote.

The U.S. Women's National Rowing Team, which includes Stanford grad Elle Logan, finished second in the team category.

Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees with online fan voting via Twitter accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.


Despite winning their past 16 matches at the All England Club, former Stanford All-Americans Bob and Mike Bryan suffered a rare loss at Wimbledon in the men's doubles final on Saturday.

The twins -- the reigning Olympic gold medalists and the most successful doubles team in tennis history -- fell to Vasek Pospisil of Canada and Jack Sock of the United States in an epic match, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

It was the first loss for the Bryans at the All England Club -- the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games -- in 17 matches, having won Wimbledon a year ago and capturing their first gold medal there a year before.

The brothers will enter the US Open later next month without a major title to their name for the first time in two years, but will take aim at keeping alive a streak of 10 straight years of winning a major, dating to 2005.

Last year the Bryans won four major titles in a row (the US Open, the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon). Twelve months later, the 36-year-olds are still ranked No. 1 in the world despite not having won a major in 2014. Their next doubles crown will be the 99th of the Bryans' careers.

Water polo

Menlo School senior Nick Bisconti has been named to the USA Men's Youth National Team for the upcoming UANA Junior Pan American Championship in Riverside. Bisconti was one of 13 players selected following a recent training camp.

The USA men's team will be joined in the competition by Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Youth Olympics

The USOC has announced the 94-member 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team that will compete at the upcoming Youth Olympic Games from Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China. Highlighting the roster is table tennis player Lily Zhang, the recent Palo Alto High grad who previously represented Team USA at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She is the first American to compete at the Olympic Games prior to competing at the YOG and the 10th U.S. athlete to compete at both versions of the Games.

Zhang recently finished third in the women's division at the 2014 ITTF-North America Cup in Burnaby, Canada.

The 13-day Youth Olympics competition for athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 will feature all 28 sports on the program for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The United States will be represented in 23 disciplines across 21 sports.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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