Palo Alto High divers win regional age-group titles


Palo Alto High juniors Reed Merritt and Mimi Lin of Stanford Diving each captured an individual title at the USA Diving Junior Region 10 Championships last weekend at the Tualitin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton, Ore.

Merritt won the Boys 16-18 crown on the 3-meter springboard with 542.70 points. He also finished fourth on the 1-meter board with 438.20 points.

Lin competed in the Girls 16-18 division and won the platform event with a score of 390.35. She also finished second on the 1-meter with 402.05 points and wound up fourth on the 3-meter with 446.85 points.

Menlo-Atherton senior Talbott Paulsen won the Girls 16-18 title on the 3-meter with a 456.95 total while also representing Stanford Diving. She also finished sixth on the 1-meter with a 389.10 score.

Gunn High junior Vivian Zhou was sixth on platform (334.15), finished ninth on the 3-meter (397.85) and was 12th on the 1-meter (353.25) while competing for Stanford Diving against Lin and Paulsen.

By finishing among the top 15, all four local divers will advance to the Zone E Championships, also in Beaverton, on June 9-15. That is one of six zone meets that qualifies divers to the AT&T USA Diving National Championships this August.


Palo Alto grad T.J. Braff had an RBI double during a four-run first inning to help Santa Clara University post a 6-5 victory over visiting Gonzaga at Stephen Schott Stadium on Sunday.

The Broncos (6-12, 18-24) picked up their first West Coast Conference series win since taking two of three games against Pacific on March 27-29.

Santa Clara hosts UC Davis on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. first pitch.

In other baseball news:

Menlo-Atherton senior Matt McGarry and Menlo School senior John Bergeson received national recognition by being named to the Perfect Game Preseason All-American and All California Team.

Perfect Game ( is the largest scouting service in the world. There are more than 455,000 high school baseball players in the nation, with California having far and away the largest number.

McGarry, who is committed to Vanderbilt, was named to the All-American second team and to the All-California first team. Bergeson made Honorable Mention on the All-California squad. He is eyeing the University of Michigan and Trinity University to continue his baseball career.

Perfect Game Preseason All-American honorees are the top 150 players from the 150-player All-Region pool. Each recipient is named on one of three 50-man roster national teams.

Women's golf

Castilleja grad Brenna Nelsen helped Harvard capture the 2015 Ivy League championship on Sunday at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. It's Harvard's fourth consecutive title and sixth overall under head coach Kevin Rhoads.

Nelsen shot rounds of 81-75-75 for a 231 total and tied for eighth place.

Harvard edged Yale for the conference crown by one stroke, finishing the three-day event with a cumulative score of 923 (321-299-303). The Crimson's second- and third-round scores were the two lowest of the tournament after the squad found itself in fifth place following day one.

With the victory, the Crimson has earned the Ivy League's automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Regionals, being held this year at four locations May 7-9.

Women's water polo

For the third time in four seasons, 12th-ranked Princeton laid claim to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) crown, ousting defending champion Indiana University in a thriller at DeNunzio Pool, 7-6, on Sunday in Princeton, N.J.

Having dropped seven-straight matchups (including two by one goal this season) to the 11th-ranked Hoosiers since a 10-5 win in 2007, Princeton avenged last year's 11-10 setback against Indiana in the CWPA finale. Winning their fourth CWPA championship, the Tigers earned the league's automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Pippa Temple, a junior from Sacred Heart Prep, saw action for the Tigers but did not score. In a 14-7 semifinal win over Hartwick, Temple scored twice and added three assists. In a 15-2 romp over George Washington to open the tourney, Temple had one goal and two assists.

The CWPA announced its all-conference teams earlier in the week and former Castilleja coach Ted Minnis of Harvard was named Coach of the Year. This marks the second division coaching honor for Minnis, who previously claimed the 2013 Men's Northern Division honor.

Gunn High grad Caroline Anderson of Michigan received Honorable Mention.

Men's tennis

Menlo School grad Daniel Morkovine and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps teammate Skyler Butts captured the doubles title at the Ojai Division III Tournament held concurrently with the Pac-12 Championships last week.

Butts and Morkovine, who used to be on opposite sides of the net when Butts played for University (Irvine) and Morkovine at Menlo, rallied from 5-2 in the semifinals to post an 8-5 win.

In the championship match on Sunday against the West Region's top doubles team, Butts and Morkovine came back after winning only one game in the opening set to take the title.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps returns to conference dual match-play this Friday as the top seed in the SCIAC tournament hosted by Caltech.

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