Ever since taking down No. 2 UCLA three weeks ago, the Stanford men’s water polo team has not looked back, riding its stellar defense and powerful offense to a seven-game winning streak. This weekend the success continued for the No. 4 Cardinal (17-4, 5-1 MPSF) as it cruised through its road trip to Southern California with wins against UC-Irvine, Chapman University and Long Beach State.
Men’s Water Polo
Stanford Athletics announced Thursday that the Cardinal’s two water polo coaches, John Vargas and John Tanner, signed long-term contract extensions. They had a combined 27 years of experience on the Farm entering the 2013-14 academic year.
USA Water Polo announced this week that three players will represent Stanford at the FINA World League Super Final this June. Alumnus Janson Wigo ‘10 will be joined by two current Cardinal standouts, sophomore Alex Bowen and freshman Bret Bonanni. Brown and Bonanni are two of only three players chosen from the collegiate level to make the cut.
Thirty-seven Stanford students and alumni will be competing in the next couple of weeks in the London 2012 Olympic Games, leading to hopes of yet another large medal haul for the Cardinal. Here we present some of the potential highlights for Stanford fans, focusing on the teams and athletes most likely to be able to bring home gold based on past success:
The No. 4 Stanford men’s water polo team will take on rival California in the annual Big Splash this Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Both teams are looking to improve on their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament seeding and bolster their chances of receiving the NCAA Championship’s at-large bid.
Stanford men’s water polo, fresh off of its first place finish at the SoCal Tournament last week, hopes to carry that momentum into conference play this weekend in an MPSF conference that includes the eight of the top-ranked teams in the country.
It wasn’t always pretty, but the men’s water polo team got its act together over the final weeks of last season, mounting a late push that ended just short of the national championship. The Cardinal lost first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection Jeffrey Schwimmer, who scored 33 goals for Stanford in 2010, to graduation but returns six of its top eight scorers from last year.
The Stanford men’s water polo team, in the midst of a strong stretch that has pushed its ranking all the way up to No. 4, finally comes home for an intense weekend of action featuring games against two tough Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foes…