SHP's Perla-Ward will join Stanford men's water polo team


The Stanford men's water polo program has added Sacred Heart Prep's Nelson Perla-Ward and Marco Stanchi from Bellevue, Wash., for the 2015 season, head coach John Vargas announced Thursday.

The pair joins Dos Pueblos High School's (Goleta, Calif.) Blake Parrish, who signed his National Letter of Intent in February.

"I'm very happy with this year's recruiting class," Vargas said. "Nelson and Marco represent the ideal scholar-athlete. They are both skilled and knowledgeable, leaders on their teams, possess an outstanding work ethic and will make an immediate impact at Stanford."

A California-Hawaii First Team All-American, Perla-Ward co-captained the Gators to their third straight CIF CCS Division II Championship as well as their third consecutive WCAL Championship this fall. He was a First Team High School All-American as a senior and a second-teamer in 2013. Perla-Ward has earned spots on both the All-CCS Division II First Team and All-WCAL First Team each of the past two seasons.

A USA Water Polo Outstanding Academic All-American in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and a member of the Stanford Water Polo Club, Perla-Ward and his Junior Olympics 18U squad placed fourth in 2014. He was also a USA Water Polo Junior Olympics First Team All-American in 2013 (16uA) as his team claimed silver.

He was also a four-year letter-winner in swimming (2012-15) as the Gators won WBAL league meet championships.

A three-time Washington State High School Champion and three-time First Team All-State selection with Bellevue High School, Stanchi was recently selected to the USA Youth National Team in April. Following the completion of the USA Water Polo ODP Men's National Team Selection Camps, Stanchi made a group of 23 athletes from which competition rosters will be chosen for any upcoming events with the USA Men's Youth National Team in 2015.

Stanchi was on the youth travel team in 2014, as the United States finished first at the UANA Junior Pan American Championships, fifth at the 2014 Memorial Tournament in Acireale, Italy and 11th at the FINAL World Youth Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Perla-Ward and Stanchi join 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.

In other water polo news, Stanford junior driver Bret Bonanni was selected to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) it was announced Thursday. Bonanni now advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

The Academic All-District Men's At-Large Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada with District 8 encompassing Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Canada.

An ACWPC All-Academic "Superior" honoree and MPSF All-Academic selection, Bonnani currently has a 3.59 GPA while majoring in science, technology and society.

Field hockey

Stanford's Dulcie Davies was named a Capital One Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team District 8 selection, as announced Thursday by the organization.

Davies is the only Stanford representative on the women's academic all-district team. She is now eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.


Stanford junior Kayla Bonstrom was named an NFCA All-West Region First Team selection at first base, as announced by the organization.

It is Bonstrom's second all-region award of her career and the first as a member of the First Team. She was a Second Team honoree as a freshman in 2013.

Bonstrom had a tremendous season and set the Stanford single-season slugging percentage record at .806, becoming the first Cardinal player to break the .800 mark in program history.

Bonstrom finished in the top 11 in multiple single-season categories in Stanford history including: batting average (5th, .439), home runs (T-5th, 13), RBI (T-7th, 54), doubles (11th, 16) and fielding percentage (T-2nd, .997). She was solid defensively, committing just one error in 381 chances.

Bonstrom was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team on Tuesday, claiming the third all-conference honor of her career and second First Team selection.

— Stanford Athletics

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