Evan Cranston

1) Besides water polo, what other sports did you play growing up?
I played basketball and remember the rush before the next sports season when all the volleyball and water polo players were competing to get the tall basketball players to choose one of the two. After I discovered water polo, I never went back to the basketball court and spent my time playing water polo year­round.

2) How old were you when you started playing water polo?
I started playing water polo in sixth grade when I was 10 years old.

 3) What is some advice that really stuck with you from Stanford Club (If any)?
Ted taught me how to let a mistake go. If you focus on what you did wrong, you are not able to move on and be fully present in the moment to make the next save. It is important to take a moment to realize what it is you could have done better, but as soon as that is done, you have to push past it and be ready for the next shot.

I remember how much Susan emphasized that you can NEVER close your eyes as a goalie. She did a lot of work with us early on to get this habit and other important fundamentals ingrained before we learned bad habits.

4) What is your favorite memory of the club?
I always loved going on the Canada trip. While we were competing against the Canadian players, it also felt a little bit like an exchange program. They would fight us hard in the water, but were so nice and welcoming as soon as the game was over. It was also fun being around snow, since California girls don’t get to see much of it—unless you go back East for school and then you will get so sick of the snow.

5) What high school did you go to?
I went to Castilleja in Palo Alto.

 6) What college? What did you major in?
I went to Brown and majored in Visual Arts.

7) Did you end up playing water polo in college?
Yes, I played for the Brown team for a year and a half and broke the record for the number of goalie saves in a season my freshman year. I quit after injuries were too intense to play through anymore.

8) Where do you live now?
I am living in New York City, working for an amazing company called WeWork.

9) What are some of your current hobbies?
I love exploring the city. There is so much going on here constantly and it is so much fun finding cool hidden places and meeting new people. The connections you make here are so unexpected sometimes and can lead to really great friendships. I like doing yoga and kickboxing in my free time.

10) Do you keep in touch with your teammates?
Yes, I do. I was just texting with one of them yesterday.

11) Are there any life milestones that have occurred lately?
I just graduated from college Phi Beta Kappa. Moving to NYC has always been a dream of mine, so it is cool to be living it!