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Stanford men sign a top national water polo recruit

 

Blake Parrish of Dos Pueblos High in Goleta has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Stanford men's water polo program, head coach John Vargas announced Thursday.

"Blake has a unique set of both defensive and offensive skills," Vargas said. "He is the most versatile player coming out of high school and can do it all -- defend, set, drive or post up. Blake is also an outstanding student who will thrive at Stanford."


A four-year varsity letterwinner for the Chargers, Parrish scored 204 goals this season, placing him eighth on the CIF-Southern Section's all-time list. In his varsity career at Dos Pueblos, Parrish poured in 519 goals, sixth best in section history.

He's a three-time Channel League Champion and two-time league most valuable player. In addition to his section records, Parrish is the Channel League's single-season and all-time scoring leader.

A three-time All-CIF First Team honoree, Parrish has also represented his country around the globe.

He was a member of the 2013 USA Youth National Team that placed second at the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina and also on the 2012 squad that came in third at the World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

In 2011, Parrish was on the USA Cadet National Team which finished second at the Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Parrish is just as accomplished academically. In late September he was honored as Dos Pueblos' Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

He carries a 4.8 grade point average with a class load that includes advanced engineering, physics, mechatronics (combination of mechanical and electronic engineering) 1 and 2, AP American Government and English. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Engineering Academy at Dos Pueblos.

In swimming, Parrish has been recognized as first-team all-league three times, is a three-time Channel League champion, holds three league records, won 10 league titles and been a five-time CIF finalist.

He attends the same high school that produced sisters Kiley and Jamie Neushul, members of the Stanford women's water polo team.

Parrish joins a Cardinal program which returns four ACWPC All-Americans in 2015 and is coming off a campaign in which it posted its highest win total since 1994 and also won its first MPSF Championship since 2004.

Women's swimming

Stanford freshman Simone Manuel captured her second Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month honor, the conference office announced. Manuel has won the award in both months she has been eligible.

Manuel, a native of Sugar Land, Texas, set Avery Aquatic Center records in the 50- and 200-yard freestyle events against USC as part of nine wins in January. The standout finished first in 9-of-11 events in the month, winning the 200-, 100- and 50- yard freestyles against Arizona, the 400 medley relay and 200 IM against Arizona State, the 50-free and 400-free relay against UCLA, and the 200- (1:44.34) and 50-yard (22.24) freestyle races against USC.

Her efforts helped propel Stanford up to No. 2 in the dual-meet rankings, its highest ranking of the 2014-15 campaign.

Manuel previously won the November Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month award after posting NCAA A-cut times and program records in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles at the Art Adamson Invitational.

This is the second-career Swimmer of the Month honor for Manuel and the 13th overall for Stanford, which ties California for the most of any Pac-12 school since the award's inception.

Softball

Kayla Bonstrom and Cassandra Roulund each hit a two-run home run and Stanford opened its season with an 11-3 victory over Virginia at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe on Thursday.

Bonstrom and Jessica Plaza hit back-to-back RBI doubles to give the Cardinal a 2-0 lead in the first.

Leah White added a two-run double in the third. Kaitlyn Schaberg and Betsy Noll each had two hits and drove in a run.

Madi Schreyer and Haley Snyder each pitched three innings for Stanford, with Scheyer throwing three shutout innings.

The Cardinal play Cal State Northridge and North Carolina on Friday.

Men's golf

Portola Vally resident Maverick McNealy led Stanford with a 5-under 67 at Waikoloa Kings' Course as the Cardinal opened its spring season Thursday at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii.

McNealy, tied for fourth among individuals, had five birdies during his bogey-free round on the par-72, 7,074-yard layout.

With a 10-under 278, the Cardinal is fourth among the 18-team field with two days remaining at the event, trailing USC (-12), Arizona State (-11) and Washington (-11).

Viraat Badhwar worked around three bogeys with five birdies for a 3-under 69 to share 12th place. Jeffrey Swegle posted a 2-under 70 and David Boote checked in at even-par.

Stanford placed four student-athletes in the top-50.

Playing as an individual, Menlo School grad Patrick Grimes' 3-over 75 came with the squad's lone eagle on the day. Grimes needed three shots to do the deed on the 501-yard, par-5 18th.

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