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Stanford men’s water polo adds six to 2020-21 roster

Head coach John Vargas announced the six newcomers to an already-talented group

2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Water Polo Championship Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

The Stanford Cardinal men’s water polo team got a bit more dangerous this weekend when head coach John Vargas announced six newcomers to the team.

“We are excited to welcome a talented group of scholar athletes to our institution and program,” said Vargas. “I’m really proud of this class and I am looking forward to watching them grow and prosper with our team and the greater Stanford community in ways beyond water polo.”

Vargas announced the following athletes who will be joining the men’s water polo team:

Soren Jensen (Orinda): Back-to-back NCS Championship appearances and the 2019 NorCal State Champions with Campolindo High School. Jensen was named his league’s MVP as a junior and captain as a senior while being selected as a two-time All-American.

Nolan Krutonog (Los Angeles): Fabulous goalie from Harvard-Westlake High School, he’s made two straight CIF championships from 2018-2019 and was a captain during his final two seasons. He was on the US team in the Darko Cukic Memorial International Tournament in 2017 and the Pan Am Games in 2019.

Ike Love (Newport Beach): Talented center from Newport Harbor High School, he led his team to three straight CIF Southern Section top-3 finishes. He was a two-time league MVP and was even the OC Register Country Player of the Year in 2018. The LA Times Daily Pilot named him a Dream Team Player of the Year two different times and he was an All-CIF First-Team selection two times as well.

Jackson Painter (Orinda): Painter played for nearby Miramonte High School and finished an undefeated league season a year ago. He led the team with 75 goals in 2019 and was the Diablo Athletic League MVP. He was a four-time all-league selection and has vast experience as well as terrific classroom skills as he was a four-time NCS Scholar-Athlete.

Ethan Parrish (Santa Barbara): Stanford legacy player as his older brother Blake played in 2015-18. The younger Ethan is a utility player from Dos Pueblos High School and was a two-time Channel League MVP. Parrish was also selected as a two-time All-CIF performer and team MVP the past two seasons.

Riley Pittman (Irvine): Pittman is an attacker from Woodbridge High School and won league titles in back to back seasons the past two years. He was selected as the Pacific Coast League Male Athlete of the Year during his senior campaign as well as Pacific Coast League MVP, All-Orange County First Team and his high school’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

That’s a bunch of talented players to an already talented team.

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