Two teams from the Stanford Water Polo Club will play for medals at the National Junior Olympics on Tuesday at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. While both had hoped for gold, the best each squad can earn will be bronze.
Stanford 18U A team will take a 5-2 mark into the third-place match at Belardi pool at 4:30 p.m., facing Orange County WP, a 13-12 loser to LA Premier in the semifinals. Stanford lost a shot at the gold medal after falling to Regency, 13-12, in the semifinals this morning.
Regency is primarily Mater Dei's team, which is regarded as the perennial power in Southern California.
Had Stanford matched up against LA Premier for the bronze, it would have been a rematch of Monday's first match that saw LA Premier hand Stanford its first loss, 13-8.
LA Premier is mainly Harvard-Westlake players, the same high school team that ended Mater Dei's streak of five straight Southern Section titles in 2013.
The Stanford 14U A team, meanwhile, will play for bronze against 680 Red A in Belardi Pool at 2 p.m. Stanford (5-2) lost its shot at gold by falling to Vanguard Blue, 10-2, in a semifinal this morning while 680 Red A was losing to SHAQ, 13-10.
The Stanford Water Polo Club had five teams in four divisions among the top 12 teams on Monday. Stanford was the only program in the nation to have that many teams, while SoCal had four.
"Having everyone alive coming into the third round was a big thing," said Jon Barnea, program director for the Stanford WPC.
The National Junior Olympics is considered the largest water polo tournament in the world. Following today's finals and a day off Wednesday, the girls will begin four days of competition at local pools.
The Stanford 18U A boys team was 4-0 before meeting LA Premier on Monday in the stadium pool at Avery Aquatic Center. Stanford, however, bounced back from that first loss and defeated Santa Barbara, 13-9, on Monday evening to earn a berth in the semifinals.
Stanford is playing without Nick Bisconti, the Menlo School senior who will be playing on the U.S. Youth National Team at the FINA Youth World Championships starting Saturday in Istanbul, Turkey. The tourney runs through August 10.
The Stanford 14U A team also was 4-0 before Monday, but dropped a 6-2 match to SHAQ in Belardi Pool. That put Stanford into a late game on Monday against Northwood, with Stanford pulling out a 10-7 victory.
The Stanford 16U A team (5-3) will face 680 Red A at Serra High today (11:30 a.m.) for fifth place in the Platinum Division. Stanford defeated SoCal Black on Monday at Palo Alto High, 12-10, before dropping a 6-4 decision to Rose Bowl Red.
In the 14s division, the Stanford 14U B team (3-4) will face Foothill Red at Aragon High in San Mateo today for 11th place in the Platinum Division at 11 a.m., while Stanford C will take on PV Water Polo Club at San Jose State at noon for seventh place in the Gold Division.
In the 12s division, Stanford A (4-3) will play for ninth place in the Platinum Division today at Wilcox High after posting an 11-10 win over Laguna Beach Marooon on Monday afternoon. That came on the heels of a 13-2 loss to SC Tritons Red in the morning.
In the 16s Classic Division, Stanford B (4-3) will play for seventh place in the Agate Division against Lamorinda Gold B at Hillsdale High at noon.