Menlo Park women leave FINA Masters Worlds on a high note


Megan Ancker scored five goals, Katy Basile and Mary Ann Ellsworth each added three goals and the Menlo Park 55+ women's water polo team ended its stay in the FINA Masters World Championships with a 16-2 victory over Peninsula WP 60+ on Saturday in Budapest.

Palo Alto resident Margaret Seaver and Menlo Park's Leslie Feldman Platshon also scored for the Americans, who reached the 'B' final and finished 3-2 overall.

Emily Richmond
Calgary PS 50 + dominated play, outscoring opponents by a combined 35-5 in three games, including 5-0 over New Zealand's Pink Pointers 50+ in the 'A' final. Menlo Park scored three of those goals against Calgary.

Women's diving

Stanford Diving's Emily Richmond earned a bronze medal on Platform in the 30-34-age group at the FINA Masters Championships in Budapest on Saturday. She scored a 198.65.

Richmond, who works in the Health Care industry, dove for Washington University in St. Louis and is currently the diving coach at St. Ignatius. She's also coached at Georgetown.

Former Central Coast Section diving champion Courtney Rudolph finished fifth in the 24-29 division with a score of 205.05 despite receiving no score for one dive.

Rudolph dove for Monta Vista, winning her title as a freshman in 2004. She finished in third- and fifth-place in subsequent CCS championships.

She also placed ninth in the 3-meter synchronized event, with Miranda Maas.

In the 45-49-age group, Stanford Diving's Audrey Ryder placed sixth with a 162.10 and Palo Alto resident Jenny Ruef was 10th in 116.90.

Stanford Diving's Thera Barnett placed 13th with a score of 129.15 in the 35-39 division.

Stanford's Gina Arnold finished eight in her age group with a score of 143.35.

Men's diving

Foster City resident Alex Lapidus won the 50-54-age group platform gold medal at the FINA Masters World Championships in Budapest on Saturday. He scored a 230.50.

Lapidus and Peter Shields finished fifth in the 3-meter synchronized event.

California grad Dr. Dennis Rowe, competing with the USA Masters, won the gold medal in the 65-69-age group, scoring 188.95, and then won the 3-meter synchronized event, with Don McAlister.

Rowe coaches high school diving. His son, Caleb, swam for Cal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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