The Olympic Club earns gold, bronze at FINA Masters


The Olympic Club 35+ men's water polo team earned the bronze medal for its age division with a 7-5 victory over Jadran Veterani 35+ (Montenegro) on Sunday at the FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest.

Primarily comprised of California grads, including Palo Alto native Will Quist, goalie Nick Ellis is a Stanford graduate. Cal grad Timothy Roos Kates played in the bronze-medal match.

Gunn grad Ross Mecham scored the game's opening goal for the Olympic Club.

Stanford grad Sean Joy also participated for The Olympic Club.

The Olympic Club 30+ team beat Neptun VSC 30+ (Hungary), 10-9, to earn the gold medal in its division.

Stanford grad Peter Varellas is listed on the team's roster, though it doesn't appear that he played. Most of the team is made up of Cal grads.

The 50+ water polo team from the Olympic Club won the bronze medal, beating Hungary's Sunday Boys 50+ 10-4 on Sunday.

Stanford grad Robert Abbott was on the roster. The team had a significant California influence, with a bit of Pacific thrown in. Dean Quintal and Rich Ambidge combined for five goals.

On the women's side, Stanford grad Brenda Villa scored twice but the Olympic Club 30+ team dropped a 13-10 decision to the Hungarian team Budakalaszi. Cardinal grad Kelly Shouey also played for the Olympic Club.

Junior World Championships

The USA men's junior national water polo team took home eighth place at the FINA Junior World Championship following a 14-8 loss to Italy on Sunday in Belgrade, Serbia.

Hannes Daube and Ash Molthen scored three goals each to lead the offense with Alex Wolf recording three saves in net.

The United States finished play in Serbia with a 4-4 record defeating Russia, Puerto Rico, Iran and Canada while suffering losses to Greece, Croatia, Montenegro and Italy.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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