Rain City is extremely proud to announce that five members of the Class of 2015 have committed to play college water polo. Marco Stanchi, Topher Lacrampe, Jack Larkin, Nate Miller and Katelyn Jenkins will look to build upon their impressive prep careers at four of the top academic institutions in the country (Stanford, Santa Clara, Occidental and University of Redlands). These five athletes represent the largest group of graduating seniors to play collegiate water polo from any club in the Pacific Northwest.
After an incredible prep career, Marco Stanchi is headed to Stanford as one of the Cardinal’s three recruits in the Class of 2019. A member of USA Water Polo’s 2013 Cadet National Team, 2014 Youth National Team and 2015 Youth National Team, Stanchi experienced a meteoric rise from novice to elite after joining Rain City after his freshman year of high school. Through hard work and dedication, Stanchi represented the United States in the 2014 FINA Youth World Championships in Istanbul, earned a Gold Medal for Team USA at the 2014 Youth Pan-Am Games, and competed in the inaugural USA National League in 2015 as the lone athlete from Washington in a field that included several Olympians, college All-Americans and National Team members. Locally, Stanchi earned three consecutive First-Team All-State honors and guided Bellevue High School to three straight state titles (2012-2015). Believed to be the first athlete from Washington to sign with Stanford for water polo, Stanchi joins a loaded squad that will challenge for the 2015 national title. Stanford finished the 2014 NCAA Division 1 season ranked #3 in the nation. Regarded as one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, Stanford is also one of the four most successful water polo schools in the NCAA history, capturing 10 NCAA titles and producing some of the most legendary figures in US Water Polo such as Tony Azevedo, Wolf Wigo and Coach Dante Dettamanti. Click here for Stanford’s press release announcing Marco’s signing.
One of the founding members of the Rain City program, Topher Lacrampe will continue his water polo career at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Lacrampe joined Rain City in December 2011 during the club’s inaugural session and has been a major part of the program’s growth ever since. Lacrampe has been instrumental in helping Rain City build a nationally-competitive high school boys travel team that has beaten several of the best clubs in the country. A graduate of Mercer Island High School, Lacrampe earned Second-Team All-State honors in 2013 and 2014 and helped guide the Islanders to a fourth-place finish in 2012, a second-place finish in 2013, and a third-place finish in 2014. Lacrampe joins an Occidental squad led by first-year coach Chris Lee. One of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Occidental is an NCAA Division III program that competes in the SCIAC League.
Boys Travel Team teammates Jack Larkin and Nate Miller will continue their careers as teammates at Santa Clara University. Ranked #19 in the country at the conclusion of the 2014 season, Santa Clara is a highly-competitive Division I program and considered by many to be a program on the rise. Larkin, a crafty lefthanded attacker, has been a member of Rain City since 2012. Known for his toughness, leadership, and ability to rise to the occasion in big moments, Larkin has been one of the program’s top playmakers since his arrival at Rain City. A graduate of Mercer Island High School, Larkin earned First-Team All-State honors in 2013 and 2014 and helped guide the Islanders to a fourth-place finish in 2012, a second-place finish in 2013, and a third-place finish in 2014.
Miller, whose sister was a founding member of Rain City, joined the program in 2013. Despite his late relatively late start to club water polo, he made a huge impact in a very short time. In 2014, Miller was selected to compete at the 2014 NTSC camp and made it just one step shy of earning a spot on the USA Youth National Team. A graduate of Seattle Prep, Miller was also a highly decorated prep swimmer, earning a spot in the Championship Finals in multiple events throughout his high school career.
Katelyn Jenkins ends her career as one of the most decorated and accomplished goalies in Washington state girls high school water polo history. A graduate of Newport High School, Jenkins led her squad to the state championship game in 2015 before falling to Gig Harbor. For her efforts, she earned First-Team All-State honors. She was also named First-Team All-State in 2014 after leading the Knights to a fourth-place finish. During her several years with Rain City, Jenkins anchored her team’s defensive efforts at multiple Junior Olympics tournaments. Widely regarded as one of the top athletes in the Class of 2015, Jenkins also played varsity basketball for Newport. At Redlands, she will focus on water polo and will play under former Rain City Head Coach Ryan Hall, who is now serving as Assistant Coach for the Bulldogs.
Congratulations to Marco, Topher, Jack, Nate and Katelyn. We are so proud of you and wish you the best! And a big congratulations to the other members of Rain City’s Class of 2015. You will all be missed!