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Spring season for age group (8th grade and younger)

Spring Polo for Age Group (8th grade/under) begins on Monday, March 3rd.  Info will be posted on this site soon.  Workouts are Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15-8:15 pm at Stanford.

(For High School athletes there will be a group asked to compete in CalCup games in the Spring.  This will be by invite and you will be notified after winter season is over. Athletes looking to join the club can do so in the summer session – look for info on this site in April)

Winter 2013-14 info coming soon

The complete information and registration for the winter season will be posted in the next 1-2 weeks.

Basic info right now is that all high school practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at Stanford and all age group (8th grade and younger) practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays at Sacred Heart Prep.

The first workouts are on the week of December 2.

If you are new to the club, you can find the link to last year’s winter season information by following this link. There will be small changes to this year’s program, but looking at last year’s info will give you an idea of how the season is formatted.

Collegiate All-Academic Honors

Congratulations to former Stanford club players who earned All-Academic recognition from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC).

Outstanding (3.71-4.00)
Malaika Drebin, Brown
Sallie Walecka, Pomona-Pitzer
Evan Cranston, Brown
Katie Lacek, LaVerne

Superior (3.41-3.70)
Alison Norris, Santa Clara
Natalie Naruns, Michigan
Hathaway Moore, Michigan

Excellent (3.20-3.40)
June Afshar, Santa Clara
Kat Booher, Brown
Jenny Anderson, Santa Clara
Olivia Santiago, Brown
Haley Conner, CMS
Sayeh Bozorghodad, Bucknell
Pippa Temple, Princeton

Summer 2013 info coming soon

We are finalizing pool rentals and coach schedules and will publish the summer 2013 registration info as soon as we can. The first practices for all age groups will be on the week of May 20. There will be a mandatory parent/athlete meeting in the week prior to practices starting. Time/date of the meeting will be posted on the website soon.

One piece of info that is final is the 14-under program (girls who are currently in 8th grade and younger). The 14′s will practice from 5:45-8:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, at Gunn HS in Palo Alto. (updated 4/23 2pm)

Unfortunately, we cannot give exact details for the 16′s and 18′s at this time.

Keep an eye on the website in late April for more details.


Swim Targets

Stanford Girls Water Polo Swim Targets

The Stanford Girls Water Polo Club is open to all interested athletes aged 18 and younger. The club welcomes girls of all experience levels in water polo, including those trying out the sport for the first time. Our coaching staff has drawn up a set of swim target goals for girls in all age groups. This set of targets is intended for individual goal setting and selected target tests will be tracked by the coaches in the 16-under and 18-under groups throughout each season.

A player with aspirations of playing water polo at an elite level should begin by achieving one gold target. Once she has achieved one gold target, she should work toward achieving the gold target on all five tests. Once she has achieved this, she should set her sights on achieving a platinum target, then all five platinum targets.

Emphasizing and improving swim skill, conditioning and toughness will add to any water polo player’s proficiency in game situations. A widespread awareness of improving in these areas will also increase each of our teams and our club as a whole.

The coaching staff views speed and swimming ability as a valid and measurable quality when evaluating the role of each player on a team or in a practice group. The achievement of the swim targets is one part of becoming a complete water polo player. All athletes should strive to make constant and consistent progress in the areas of individual skills, awareness, understanding of team tactics, and physical strength. Improvement in all aspects of water polo is achieved through consistent attendance and high effort at practices and games.

2013 Swim Tests
All freestyle unless noted

10×100: a measure of fitness, and aerobic conditioning and endurance

5×100 best avg with 10 seconds rest between: a simulation of playing hard and fast for a great last quarter of water polo; also a test of toughness and perseverance

6×50 on 2:00: a measure of quickness, explosive speed, and strength

200 for time: a reliable measure of fitness, aggressiveness, and toughness

100 breaststroke for time: a decent translation of water polo leg strength; also measures arm strength and explosiveness

Click here to view the 2013 swim targets

USAWP Academic All-Americans

Stanford led all clubs with 40 USAWP Academic All-Americans (24 girls/16 boys). LA Water Polo Club was second with 29 and Socal third with 24.

Congrats to the following Stanford athletes who earned this recognition:
Grace Arnold, Courtney Batcheller, Megan Bordy, Cathy Cantoni, Karey Caveney, Keri Clifford, Skylar Dorosin, Stephanie Flamen, Emily Fong, Bridgette Harper, Jessica Heilman, Shelbie Higginson, Kirstin Jackson, Allison Larko, Morgan McCracken, Katherine Moore, Anne Panconi, Olivia Santiago, Sami Strutner, Jenna Swartz, Pippa Temple, Haley Titinger, Carla Tocchini, Rachel Wong.

USA Water Polo news release