Water Polo Stars Shine

Water Polo Stars Shine


Three members of the Alameda Water Polo Club were named to the USA Water Polo Association 2015-2016 Academic All-American team on Sept. 1.

Austin Stenstedt, Tyler Leboa and Julia Thompson were three of the 1,141 athletes named to the team. To make the list the student-athlete must have at least a 3.6 out of 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) during the 2015-2016 school year and be an exceptional athlete on a USA Water Polo-sanctioned water polo team. 

All three athletes earned a 4.0 GPA last school year at Alameda High. USA Water Polo also gave them and 862 other athletes the distinction of outstanding achiever by the USA Water Polo Association for earning a 4.0 GPA. 

The 1,141 athletes that were named Academic All-Americans were the most since USA Water Polo started giving out the distinction in 2006-2007. Last year, USA Water Polo named 1,046 athletes Academic All-Americans. California residents comprised most of the list with 856 members hailing from the Golden State. 

USA Water Polo, Inc. is a non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) as the National Governing Body for the sport of Water Polo in the United States. USA Water Polo oversees the senior, junior, youth and cadet national teams. USA Water Polo is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 member clubs.

The Alameda Water Polo Club is coached by Marshall Dortch who also coaches the Alameda High water polo team. Membership is available for kids age 10 to 18. The Alameda Water Polo Club is located at 1301 Oak St. 

For more information on the team, visit alamedawaterpolo.org or call 421-1593.