Danville native Maggie Steffens made the most of her Olympic debut on Monday as the 19-year-old scored seven goals in a 14-13 win over Hungary on the opening day of the women’s water polo tournament.
Steffens’s talent and poise in front of goal stood out on a day that otherwise contained few surprises, with the favored U.S. and Australian squads, the 2008 Beijing Games silver and bronze medalists respectively, securing wins. Read More
In 2008, Tony Azevedo led the U.S. men’s water polo team to its first Olympic medal in 20 years. Now, Stanford’s all-time leading scorer is relinquishing his six-figure professional salary in a quest to capture the country’s first gold medal since 1904. Read More
St. Ignatius Prep has produced many great athletes in its history, but the latest comes from water polo — a sport that’s seldom talked about in the sporting world.
Junior John Butler has been one of the key players in the University of California San Diego’s advancement to this weekend’s water polo NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championships. Read More
The Hillsdale girls’ water polo team is on the brink of doing something never before done in school history: clinch a division title and a Central Coast Section playoff berth.
The Knights (9-1) stand only one game behind first place Mercy-Burlingame (10-0) in the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division.
“These girls have been together for three years,” Hillsdale coach Andy Hodzic said. “They’re pretty good individually, smart and hard working.” Read More
The Sequoia girls’ water polo team accomplished something last season never before done in the program’s history: reach the Central Coast Section playoffs.
Now Sequoia hopes to get back to that point and to remain competitive in the powerhouse-filled Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division.
The Cherokees are off to a fast start after reeling off wins against Robert Louis Stevenson, Half Moon Bay and Mills as the host of the Sequoia Girls’ Water Polo Invitational. Read More
The first water polo match to be played in AT&T Park’s McCovey Cove took place prior to the Cal football game Saturday. Cal alumni players took on the Olympic Club water polo team. A regulation 25-yard course was used with a referee stationed on a speedboat.
To see our photos, click on the image at right. Read More
Brenda Villa was a highly touted Stanford water polo player in 2000 when she competed in her first Olympics.The 2000 Games in Sydney also marked the introduction of women’s water polo to the Olympic stage.
At age 20, Villa was the second-youngest player on the squad, and at 5-feet-4, the shortest, but experience and height limitations didn’t stop her from leading Team USA with nine goals on its way to a silver medal. Read More
For most high school water polo coaches, having one player recruited to play for a prestigious university out of a single graduating class is a memorable accomplishment. Having five out for an entire career is just as noteworthy. Read More
The world champion U.S. women’s water polo team, which features five former Stanford and two ex-Cal stars, is in the Bay Area this week for a series of exhibition games against the Chinese national team.
In addition to games, the U.S. is practicing today, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. at College of San Mateo. Read More