The Stanford Girls Water Polo Club has a long history of hosting events and matches for the women’s national team and Olympic team. How long a history? Since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the debut of women’s water polo in the Olympics, when we hosted Team USA and Russia for the “Sendoff to Sydney.” These two teams went on to win the silver and bronze medals at the Olympics.
The gold medal game in Sydney between the United States and Australia was played in front of the largest water polo crowd ever – 17,000 spectators – and the teams battled to the last second.
Kyle is dropping everything – teaching and coaching (except for the fall age group team!) – to write the story of women’s water polo’s long-overdue inclusion in the Olympics and Team USA’s journey to Sydney.
Stanford’s role as host of the Sendoff to Sydney will feature in the story!
Check out the book website and like the Facebook page. Please forward these links to your high school teammates and families. There will be a Kickstarter campaign launching on September 23 – the 15th anniversary of the gold medal game!
Stay tuned for more!
USA Water Polo has released the list of Academic All-Americans. This honor is awarded to students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, who achieve a GPA of 3.6 or higher.
Sam Acker, Emma Allegrucci, Kate Atherton, Catherine Bick, Berkeley Cannestra, Kristen Denney, Alina Drebin, Claire Drebin, Audrey Flower, Kate Francis, Katie French, Alexa Grau, Maddie Higginson, Janis Iourovitski, Malaika Koshy, Jenna Kotcher, Jennifer MacAulay, Maddie Pendolino, Anna Rajaratnam, Medini Rastogi, Clara Romani, Samantha Stebbins, Carmen Steinmeier
Combined with the boys, Stanford’s 47 Academic All-Americans led the nation!
Congratulations and keep up your great work in the classroom!
Congrats, Zoe! Way to play a part in Team USA’s #AllGoldEverything summer!
Stanford club alumnae are excelling in the pool and in the classroom! Congratulations to our alums who earned ACWPC All-Academic recognition.
Keri Clifford, Santa Clara
Emily Fong, Chapman
Sallie Walecka, Pomona
Caroline Anderson, Michigan
Sami Strutner, Harvard
Cathy Cantoni, Santa Clara
Allison Larko, Michigan
Katherine Moore, Michigan
Pippa Temple, Princeton
Zoe Banks is representing the United States at the UANA Youth Pan American Championships this week. Zoe led the 16A team to 11th place at JO’s earlier this month. She is a sophomore at Gunn HS.
Team USA is undefeated and enters the quarterfinals as the tournament favorite on Tuesday. Keep up with the team’s games and results at usawaterpolo.com. Good luck, Zoe!
We will have an amazing gathering of Stanford club alums on Friday and Saturday. They are excited to see each other, and very eager to meet our current club players.
If you would like to support the reunion with a donation, you can do so on the Eventbrite page. Any amount will help us make this a fantastic event for our club and our honored alums!
** Current players and families should not use the RSVP link – it is for the club alums only.
Thank you in advance for your support of this event 20 years in the making!
There are now 26 alumni reports on the 20th Year Celebration & Reunion page – big thanks to all the alums and current players who have participated in this amazing project. Can’t wait to receive more!
These interviews are great for all players and parents to read. The alums are having a great time reading them as well. Everyone is excited for next weekend’s reunion!
We still have many young alums who we would like to assign to club girls. Junior Polo athletes are encouraged to participate! Email Kyle at email@example.com to get involved.
Another batch of alumni interviews has been published. Keep them coming! Click the 20th Year Celebration and Reunion link above to find them.
Players who have not received an alum assignment need to contact Kyle right away. We have more alums to connect current players with! Help honor them by participating in this historic project.
Izzy Mandema connected with Kendall Preston. Kendall played and coached for Stanford.
Send info from your alumni interviews to firstname.lastname@example.org and start working on your “poster” – a good size for these would be half a poster board, or 11×17 paper. You can deliver the posters to your coach at practice.
What team was your rival when you played for Stanford club?
We really had rivalries with a lot of teams, all of them good hearted though. It was less of a rivalry, and more of, we were very closely matched. I remember Diablo, Set, LA polo, and Commerce were some really fun games for us.
What’s your favorite memory of the club?
All of our travel trips like our bus trips (not sure if you all still do those) and our Canada trips were probably some of my best memories. JO’s is a blast too, but the other ones we were able to take part in were truly awesome.
We now have 50 current club girls assigned a club alum to connect with for the 20th year reunion alumni reports. We want EVERYONE playing summer polo to be involved!
My goal is to make 100 current player/alumni connections to celebrate our 20 years. All players who haven’t been assigned an alum should email me at email@example.com to get a name and info on how to do this project.
If you have already received your alum assignment, I hope you’ve made a connection already. If you haven’t, get in touch with them soon!
The reunion is Friday/Saturday June 26-27. The alums are so excited to share their stories with you!