This year, Rain City set a new club record by having 17 athletes (boys and girls) selected to regional Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams. This also marks the first time the club will be represented in every age group for both boys and girls.
The ODP goal is to identify and develop athletes at the USA Water Polo (USAWP) club level and then integrate them into the national team pipeline to represent the USA in international competition; while exposing, educating, engaging and developing all USAWP athletes, coaches and referees to the vision of the Men’s, Women’s and Senior National Team Coaches.
Later this month, athletes will travel to California to compete against the best players from across the country. After the tournament, the top 48 athletes at the Youth and Cadet levels and the top 70 athletes at the Development level will be invited to the National Team Selection Camp (NTSC). After NTSC, the top 20 athletes in each age group will be selected to their respective National Team.
Congratulations to the following athletes:
- Youth Boys: Jake Gordon, Jacob Hepp, Jackson Bottenberg, Brady Foster (alt)
- Cadet Boys: Gunnar Bottenberg, Oliver Wilkins
- Development Boys: Ian Shultz, Ethan Gaisser, Max Vacca, Graham Barwick, Mason Meinzinger (alt), Matthew Buxton (alt)
- Youth Girls: Dara Schoolcraft, Jenna Frazer
- Cadet Girls: Elle Fredrickson
- Development Girls: Lita Howard, Maya Larson
Rain City has made a presence on the US National Team for four straight years, something no club outside of California has managed, with Marco Stanchi (’13-’15), Conrad Gordon (’14), Jake Gordon (’14-’15), AJ Rossman (’15-’16) having been selected to the US Cadet and Youth Men’s Teams. Additionally, Stanchi, Conrad Gordon and Rossman have been selected to 13-man traveling teams that represented the United States in international tournaments in Istanbul, Sicily, Montenegro and Serbia, with Stanchi and Rossman earning starting spots for their respective teams.
Good luck to all of our girls and boys in California!