Two Stanford teams have shots at JO water polo national titles


The Stanford Water Polo Club came away with just one medal in the boys' Championship Division of the 2014 National Junior Olympics. That number can be doubled for 2015.

The Stanford 18U A and 16U A squads both reached their respective semifinals on Tuesday morning and needed victories to reach their gold-medal matches in Orange County.

Coached by Sacred Heart Prep's Brian Kreutzkamp, the 18s faced a daunting task on Monday as they needed to win three straight to overcome a third-round loss and reach the semifinals.

Stanford (6-1) did just that with a 13-10 win over Commerce Aquatics, an 8-5 win over Rose Bowl Red A and an 8-7 nail-biter over Orange County Water Polo Club -- all at San Juan Hills High.

Those three wins moved Stanford into a Tuesday morning semifinal against Los Angeles Premier at the William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine. LA Premier handed Stanford an 11-8 defeat in the third round on Sunday.

The winner will face either The Santa Barbara Water Polo Pals or Regency int the Platinum Division finals in the same pool at 4:45 p.m.

The Stanford 18U A squad features Kevin Asplund, Nick Bisconti, Will Conner, Andrew Goodenough, Grant Harvey, Patrick Kirk, JC Marco, Nelson Perla-Ward, Jack Pickard, Max Somple, Michael Swart, Benoit Viollier, Ari Wayne, Chris Xi and Christian Znidarsic.

The Stanford 14U A squad, meanwhile, kept its unbeaten record intact with an 11-5 victory over San Diego Shores on Monday at Mater Dei High. Stanford will play Trojan WP Cardinal A in the semifinals on Tuesday morning at the William Woollett Aquatic Center.

The winner will advance to the Platinum Division finals and face either Newport Beach WP A or 680 Red A at 2:15 p.m. Stanford won the bronze medal in this division last year.

In other final-round matches of the world's largest water polo tournament:

The Stanford 18U B team (1-5) dropped a pair of matches on Monday at Capistrano Valley High and faced Thunder WP on Tuesday.

The Stanford 16U A squad (5-3) also lost twice on Monday and will play Trojan WP Cardinal A for 11th place in the Platinum Division at Newport Harbor High.

The Stanford 16U B team (3-4) split its matches on Monday and will play Wolverine for seventh place in the Gold Division at Cal State Fullerton.

The Stanford 14U B team (3-3) fell to Back Bay WP A on Monday, 18-7, and will face CA Republic SC for fifth place in the Gold Division at Mater Dei High.

The 14U C team (2-4) lost on Monday in the Classic Division and will play Poway Valley for 19th place in the Agate Division.

The Stanford 12U A squad romped to an 11-1 win over San Diego Shores A on Monday at El Toro High before edging Greenwich Aquatics Blue A, 9-7. Stanford (5-2) will face United for 13th place in the Platinum Division.

Stanford 12U B (3-4) lost twice on Monday and will play Poway Valley WP Red A for 11th place in the Gold Division.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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