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Gunn's Affeld officially becomes part of Cardinal men's swimming

Other sports announce signing classes

Beach volleyball signees. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Gunn senior Jonny Affeld highlights the latest recruiting class to sign with the Stanford men’s swimming program on Wednesday as announced by Cardinal coach Dan Schemmel.

A versatile swimmer who specializes in the 200 fly, Affeld ranks 10th among California seniors and 68th, nationally, according to

"We are thrilled to welcome a talented and deep class of student-athletes to Stanford," said Schemmel. "We are humbled by the quality of this class, which is, without a doubt, one of the very best, if not the best, in the country. I commend this group for staying committed to their academics throughout the recruiting process and I expect them to have both an immediate and long-term impact on the success of our program."

Other recruits include Ethan Dang, Preston Forst, Hunter Hollenbeck, Harker senior Ethan Hu, Luke Maurer, Rick Mihm, Andrei Minakov and Aaron Sequeira.

Maurer follows the footsteps of his father Erik, who claimed five NCAA championship medals from 1992-93 while swimming for Stanford, and his mother Lea, an Olympic gold medalist who served as head coach of the women'sswimming and diving program from 2005-12 after also swimming at Stanford.

Minakov is the only swimmer to have medaled in the World Championships, European Junior Championships and World Junior Championships in 2019.

For more on Jonny Affeld, visit PAOnlineSports.

Women’s water polo

Stanford's Director of Women's Water Polo John Tanner announced the signings of seven decorated prep stars to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

Maya Avital, Christina Hicks, Skyler Jones, Megan Peterson, Jewel Roemer, Celeste Wijnbelt and Talie Wilmans will enroll at Stanford for the 2020-21 academic year and join the Cardinal for the 2021 campaign.

"We are extremely excited about the Stanford women's water polo class of 2024," Tanner said. "They have built brilliant athletic and academic resumes by virtue of their daily commitment to teamwork and constant improvement. Their water polo passion, intellectual curiosity, personal integrity and engagement with their school, club and local communities has made them inspiring role models. They have been great teammates, optimistic bridge builders while pursuing excellence with their high school, club and national teams. We are eager for these students to arrive and begin contributing to our program, the athletics department and the entire Stanford community."

Roemer spent the summer as part of the national team program. She won a beach gold medal at the FINA World Championships, a Junior Olympics gold medal and MVP award and a title at the FINA Junior World Championship.

Roemer was part of the inaugural beach water polo title at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea that included Cardinal grads Jamie Neushul, Jordan Raney and Gabby Stone.

She also took home gold with the USA Water Polo Senior Women's National Team at the FINA Women's Intercontinental Tournament in Perth, Australia.

Roemer helped Acalanes record three consecutive undefeated seasons, which included the Northern California title this past fall. Acalanes was the only team which beat Sacred Heart Prep this season.

Men’s volleyball

Stanford coach John Kosty and his staff announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on behalf of the men's volleyball program.

Stanford's incoming class of 2024 consists of Kupono Browne (Honolulu, Hawaii), Aidan Peters (Manhattan Beach) and Luke Turner (Hermosa Beach). All three will add depth to the outside hitter position, while Peters could also play the libero position.

Cross Country

Stanford strengthened its cross country and track and field programs with a fall signing class that includes a national cross country champion. J.J. Clark, Stanford's Director of Track and Field, announced the signing of eight to National Letters of Intent.

Women's signees are Zofia Dudek (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS), Lucy Jenks (Newton, Mass./Newton South HS), Kelly Kern (Clayton/Carondelet HS), Tori Starcher (Ripley, W.Va./Ripley HS), and Hannah Wilson (Thousand Oaks/Oaks Christian School).

Men's signees are Thomas Boyden (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline HS), Cole Sprout (Littleton, Colo./Valor Christian HS), and Kevin Yang (Roswell, Ga./Chattahoochee HS).

Dudek won the Foot Locker national cross country championship on Saturday in San Diego. It culminated an impressive six-week stretch in which she: won the Michigan Division I title in the third-fastest time in meet history, won the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional, was second in the Foot Locker Midwest Regional, was fifth at the European Under-20 championships in Lisbon, and won the Foot Locker nationals.

Boyden is a two-time qualifier for the Foot Locker national cross country championships, finishing 13th in 2018 and 12th on Saturday. He was third in the 2019 Foot Locker West Regionals.

Men’s golf

Stanford Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray announced the addition of three student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to join the Cardinal golf program. Jake Beber-Frankel, Michael Thorbjornsen and Karl Vilips will join the program in the fall of 2020.

"This is a big day for the Stanford men's golf program," Ray saids. "We have worked diligently to put together this recruiting class that is arguably the best combined class in the history of the program. To have three players all ranked in the top-10 in the national rankings, and along with that all of the experience they bring, is very exciting. The neat thing about this group is that they are all good friends and are approaching Stanford not as the end goal but rather a springboard in achieving their bigger goals down the road in all that golf and life throw their way. We are grateful that this group has bought into the belief that world-class athletics and academics are not mutually exclusive."

Beach volleyball

Five student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Stanford and compete for the beach volleyball team, head coach Andrew Fuller announced this week.

They are Ellie Gamberdella from San Marcos High in Santa Barbara, Maya Harvey from Redondo Union High in Hermosa Beach, Xolani Hodel from Huntington Beach, Kate Reilly from Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach and Emmy Sharp from Burlingame.

"The signing of Ellie, Maya, Xolani, Kate and Emmy bring a dynamic, energetic and competitive group to the Stanford beach volleyball family," said Fuller. "They have the athleticism and collective mindset necessary to thrive at the next level and will bring heaps of enthusiasm to The Farm. They are outstanding young women on every level, and we are excited to support their diverse interests in engineering, astrophysics, music, language and more."


First year head coach Danielle Spencer and her staff announced the signing of eight to National Letters of Intent for the Class of 2024 of Stanford women's lacrosse.

Stanford's eight-woman class features a heavy dose of East Coast flair, including three from New York, two from New Jersey, two from Connecticut and one from Maryland. The incoming Cardinal include a mix of every position on the field, specifically three midfielders, two attackers, two defenders and a goalkeeper.

"I am proud to welcome this class to campus in the fall of 2020," said Spencer. "This is a highly skilled and athletic class, hungry to compete at the highest level. I expect that this class will make a strong impact right away to both our style of play on the field and our team culture off the field.

"I hope to make our Stanford community, specifically our women's lacrosse alumnae base, proud through the impact of this '24 class in all facets of their time on campus."

The incoming students are Emma Capanna, Olivia Geoghan, Ashley Humphrey, Sarah Jaques, Ailish Kelly, Sarah Looney, Katie McMahon and Sophia McMahon.

— Staff report

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