The 16U A team from the Stanford Water Polo Club both made a strong move and kept its medal hopes alive following the second day of the National Junior Olympics in Orange County. Still, there are challenges ahead.
In the 16U Championship bracket at Valley High in Santa Ana, Stanford A posted a 4-3 win over Davis Water Polo and an 11-1 romp over Huntington Beach Blue B to set up a play-in match against Santa Barbara 805 B.
Stanford won its third match of the day to improve to 5-1 with two days remaining. One more loss, however, will knock Stanford out of medal contention.
In the 14U Championship bracket at Ocean View High, the Stanford 14U A squad was primed for a big day after edged Santa Barbara 805 C, 3-2, and toppling SOCAL Gold B, 9-2. Stanford, however, then fell to Santa Barbara 805 B by a 7-6 tally and dropped to 4-2 for the tourney.
In the same bracket at Santa Margarita High, Stanford 14U B lost to Thunder Water Polo, 11-4, and to Napa Premier Aquatics, 7-6, to fall to 0-4.
In the 18U Championship bracket at UC Irvine, Stanford A lost to Corona Del Mar, 7-5, but bounced back with a 10-7 win over Rose Bowl Black B to move to 3-2. Stanford needs two more wins to play for 13th place in the Platinum Division.
Stanford 18U B opened with a 10-9 loss to Bakersfield WP before earning its first win with an 18-6 romp over South County Herriman WP to improve to 1-3. Stanford needs two wins to play for 19th in the Gold Division.
In the 16U Classic Division, Stanford B won a shootout over SOAK Water Polo and topped Burlingame Aquatics, 11-4, to reach a play-in game at 7:30 p.m. There, Stanford finished off a 3-0 day by holding off Corona Del Mar, 11-6, and improve to 4-2.
In the 10U Co-Ed bracket, Stanford topped Central Coast Sharks, 11-6, but fell to San Diego Shores by the same score while falling to 1-3 at Woodbridge High. At El Toro High, Menlo Park lost to International, 5-2, and dropped a 10-3 decision to TPC Sharks to fall to 1-3.