Cardinal Adds Five
STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford's Dunlevie Family Director of Women's Water Polo John Tanner announced the signings of five decorated prep stars to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
Bella Bachler, Eleanor Facey, Alissa Pinciroli Pascual, Sophia Sanders and Shaye Story will enroll at Stanford for the 2021-22 academic year and join the Cardinal for the 2022 campaign.
"We can't wait to welcome the Stanford Women's Water Polo Class of 2025," added Tanner. "In the course of crafting sterling athletic and academic high school careers they have endured significant setbacks and cleared major hurdles, facing the fog of uncertainty with a clear-eyed dedication to daily growth and competitive greatness. We are impressed by their community engagement, intellectual curiosity, and lofty aspirations in all their endeavors. Given their development as team-first role models and leaders and their pursuit of comprehensive excellence, we look forward to this group's arrival on The Farm and contributions to Stanford Water Polo, Stanford Athletics, and Stanford University."
Bella Bachler • Sacred Heart Prep • Atherton, Calif.
- USA Water Polo All-American in 2019
- CIF CCS Open Division Champion in 2019 and three-time Western Catholic Athletic League Champion
- Team captain
- First-team All-CCS and first-team All-League
- Serves as an Executive Council Member on the Associated Student Body at Sacred Heart Prep
- Outstanding Academic All-American every year eligible
- Selected to perform in an Honors Ensemble at Carnegie Hall twice
Eleanor Facey • Sacred Heart Prep • Menlo Park, Calif.
- Selected to USA Water Polo ODP Girls Futures international team, competing in Budapest, Hungary in 2019
- Named Best Player of 2019 tournament
- 2019 CCS Open Division Champion
- Team captain
- San Mateo Daily Journal Player of the Year in 2019
- First-team NISCA All-American as a junior
- Organized and launched a feminine product drive at Sacred Heart Prep to combat period poverty in local communities
- Worked with a professor at Binghamton University, writing biographies of lesser-known suffragettes, published in Women and Social Movements
Alissa Pinciroli Pascual • Gulliver Prep • Miami, Fla.
- Member of the Brazilian National Water Polo team, competing in Portugal at the Junior World Championships and Trinidad & Tobago at the Pan-American Games in 2019
- 2019 NISCA All-American
- Academic All-American in 2020
- 2019 Miami Herald Water Polo Athletic Award
- Organized and launched an outdoor camp for children in her local community to foster a sense of community during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Comes from a successful family of athletes - mother, Cristiana Pinciroli, was the captain of the Brazilian water polo team for 15 years; grandfather, Pedro Pinciroli Jr. played in three Olympic games
Sophia Sanders • The Bishop's School • La Jolla, Calif.
- San Diego Section All-CIF Player of the Year
- Five-time National Junior Olympics All-American
- Three-time Union Tribune Athlete of the Week/Month
- Penned an article on inconsistencies between treatment of male and female athletes
- Works as a swim instructor, teaching children in the La Jolla community how to swim
Shaye Story • Kamehameha High School • Mililani, Hawaii
- Junior Olympics All-American
- Member of the USA Futures national team
- HHSAA All-Tournament Team
- 2020 Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) swimming champion in 200 freestyle (1:52.96) and 500 freestyle (4:58.38)
- Volunteer, advocate and former Hawaii Youth Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation