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Two Stanford teams open National J0s with 4-0 records

The Stanford Water Polo Club's 18U A and 14U A teams take unbeaten records into the third day of the National Junior Olympics after sweeping four matches during the weekend in the Mid-Peninsula area.


Stanford 18U A, coached by Colin Mello, opened with a 20-2 thumping of Tualatin Hills on Saturday at Gunn High, followed by a 12-2 romp over Clovis Water Polo Club.

On Sunday at Stanford's Baker Pool, the A squad defeated Carlsbad, 11-7, and edged Bruin Water Polo Club, 10-9.

Those victories send Stanford 18U A into Monday's quarterfinals against Los Angeles Premier at Avery Aquatic Center (main stadium) at 1 p.m. A victory moves Stanford to the semifinals on Tuesday, also in the main stadium, at 10:15 p.m.

The championship match is scheduled for Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. (main stadium) while the third-place match will be held in the adjoining Belardi Pool at 4:30 p.m.

The Stanford 18U A team features Richard Burke, Stephen Cho, Will Conner, Harrison

Enright, John Knox, Evan McClelland, Morgan Olson-Fabbro, Nelson Perla-Ward, Jack Pickard, Trevor Raisch, Max Somple, Michael Swart, Jack Turner, and goalie John Wilson.

The Stanford 14U A team, coached by Clarke Weatherspoon, opened with an 18-3 dunking of Northwest Orcas WPC and followed that with an 8-6 win over SoCal Black on Saturday. On Sunday, Stanford defeated Irvine Kahuna Black (9-6) and Stanford B (12-5) to remain unbeaten.

The 14U A team will face SHAQ at Stanford's Belardi Pool on Monday at noon.

The 14U A team features Niko Bhatia, Nikolas Caryotakis, Andrew Churukian, Miller Geschke, Jayden Kunwar, Alexander Nemeth, Andrew Penner, Nathan Puentes, Luke Rohlen, Chris Rowland, Walker

Seymour, Corey Tanis, Alex Tsotadze, Alan Viollier, and Larsen Weigle.

In other matches:

The Stanford 18U B team is 2-3 after two days with victories over Rockford AC (12-5) and Capital Premier (7-5) at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. Stanford B will play 680 Red A at Sacred Heart Prep on Monday at 1 p.m.

The Stanford 16U A team (4-2) opened at Saratoga High and went 2-1 on Saturday, with wins over Rockford AC (11-3) and Scots WP (13-1). The only loss came in a shootout to Santa Barbara. Stanford also went 2-1 on Sunday with a shootout win over Greenwich Aquatic Blue and Carlsbad (5-3).

Stanford 16U A plays Trojan WPC on Monday at Menlo-Atherton at noon and, with a win, will return to the Bears' pool at 5 p.m. A loss to Trojan means a consolation game at 6 p.m.

The Stanford 14U B team went 3-2 on the weekend while the C squad was 2-4 in championship division matches.

The Stanford 12U A team is 3-2 after two days with victories over Chelsea Piers (12-4), Shore Aquatics Red (9-7) and Lamorinda Blue in a shootout. Stanford takes on SC Tritons Red on Monday in Belardi Pool at 10:40 a.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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