Varsity Girls’ Water Polo

Head Coach
Claire Howie

Assistant coaches: Andrea Antonissen, Tito Bianchi ’89, Amy Chinn

24th Annual Amanda MacDonald Tournament

2018/2019 Season Schedule

Legend:  Postponed  Cancelled/Season Over

Date Opponent Location Dismissal Departure Start Results
Mon 8/27 Valley Christian - scrimmage Home: Menlo - Swimming Pool     6:45pm  
Wed 8/29 Palo Alto Palo Alto HS   3:45pm 6:00pm W 9-7
Wed 9/5 Burlingame* Home: Menlo - Swimming Pool     6:00pm W 17-4
Fri 9/7 Acalanes Invite Game 1 vs San Ramon Valley Campolindo HS 10:30am 10:45am 1:00pm L 12-9
Fri 9/7 Acalanes Invite Game 2 vs Justin Siena Campolindo HS 10:30am 10:45am 4:00pm W 14-5
Sat 9/8 Acalanes Invite Game 3 vs Gunn TBA     TBA W 14-11
Sat 9/8 Acalanes Invite Game 4 vs California TBA     TBA L 11-7
Wed 9/12 Aragon* Aragon HS   4:00pm 5:30pm W 11-2
Wed 9/19 Carlmont* Home: Menlo - Swimming Pool     5:00pm W 18-4
Fri 9/21 Amanda Mac Invite Game 1 vs Sobrato Home: Menlo - Swimming Pool 11:00am   12:00pm W 15-3
Fri 9/21 Amanda Mac Invite Game 2 vs Soquel Home: Menlo - Swimming Pool     5:25pm L 12-5
Sat 9/22 Amanda Mac Invite vs. Mitty Home: Menlo - Swimming Pool     8:45am L 7-5
Sat 9/22 Amanda Mac Invite vs. St. Francis Home: Menlo - Swimming Pool     12:00pm L 9-7
Tue 9/25 Mitty Home: Menlo - Swimming Pool     7:00pm W 11-7
Wed 9/26 M-A* Menlo Atherton HS   4:45pm 6:00pm W 11-3
Sat 9/29 Los Altos Los Altos HS   9:45am 11:15am L 9-7
Tue 10/2 SHP Sacred Heart Prep     5:00pm L 16-8
Wed 10/3 ND Belmont* Home: Menlo - Swimming Pool     5:00pm W 21-8
Wed 10/10 Castilleja* Castilleja   3:45pm 5:00pm L 15-10
Sat 10/13 Amador Valley Invitational vs. Livermore Amador Valley HS     9:00am W 8-6
Sat 10/13 Amador Valley Invite Game 2 vs Mitty Amador Valley HS     1:00pm L 7-6
Sat 10/13 Amador Valley Invitational Game 3 vs Redwood Amador Valley HS   TBA 2:00pm W 11-1
Wed 10/17 Woodside* Woodside HS   3:45pm 5:00pm W 8-4
Thu 10/18 St. Ignatius - Senior Day Home: Menlo - Swimming Pool     4:30pm W 13-3
Tue 10/23 PAL Tournament 1st Round vs ND Belmont Woodside HS 1:30pm 1:40pm 2:45pm W 12-6
Thu 10/25 PAL Tournament Semis vs Aragon Home: Menlo - Swimming Pool 1:30pm   2:45pm W 10-7
Sat 10/27 PAL Tournament Championship vs. Castilleja Menlo Atherton HS     3:30pm L 13-3
Sat 11/3 DII CCS Quarter Finals vs Gilroy Gunn HS     2:30pm W 17-4
Tue 11/6 CCS Div II Semi Finals vs Aptos Homestead HS   3:45pm 5:30pm W 8-4
Mon 11/12 * NEW DATE * CCS Div II Final vs Saratoga Independence HS   12:20pm 2:40pm W 20-10 CCS Champions!
Fri 11/16 Nor Cal Quarter Finals vs TBA Clovis East High School All day 8:00am 1:10pm  
Fri 11/16 Possible Nor Cal Semi Finals vs TBA Clovis East High School     5:00pm  
Sat 11/17 Possible or Cal Finals vs TBA Clovis North HS     10:00am  

About the Team

Menlo School set the standard when girls’ water polo became a Central Coast Section playoff sport in 1996, and the Knights embarked on a run of 11 league titles. Menlo won the first two CCS playoffs and three of the first four. The Knights stayed near the top in the following years, reaching the finals in two of the next three seasons. In 2004, Menlo began another three-year CCS winning streak. In 2015, the Knights compiled an 11-1 mark and now play in the league’s top-tier division.

About the Coach

Claire Howie (first year)

Howie takes the helm of the girls’ water polo program after serving as Menlo boys’ JV head coach and girls’ varsity assistant coach. Before coming to Menlo
in 2017, she was an assistant coach and goalie specialist for San Diego State. There she developed and implemented a goalkeeping training program which is still being used while helping to coach the team to its fourth conference title in a row. Howie founded the North Beach Water Polo club in 2009 and served as its executive director for seven years. Following her playing career as a goalie at Long Beach State, she was a water polo assistant coach and swim head coach at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower. From there, she moved to the Midwest and was named assistant coach for the New Trier High (Illinois) varsity and freshman boys’ water polo teams. In one season, she helped New Trier to a 28-8 record and a conference championship.