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#24 BJ Churnside
Position: Driver
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195
Year: Senior
Hometown: Orange, Calif.
High School: Villa Park
Major: Electrical Engineering

Career Accolades

  • 2014 ACWPC Second Team All-American
  • 2014 NCAA All-Tournament Second Team
  • 2014 All-MPSF Second Team
  • 2014 MPSF/Kap7 All-Tournament Team
  • 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award
  • 2014 ACWPC All-Academic - Outstanding
  • 2014 MPSF All-Academic
  • 2013 ACWPC Third Team All-American
  • 2013 NCAA All-Tournament Second Team
  • 2013 All-MPSF Honorable Mention
  • 2013 ACWPC All-Academic - Outstanding
  • 2013 MPSF All-Academic
  • 2012 ACWPC All-America Honorable Mention
  • 2012 All-MPSF Honorable Mention
  • 2012 ACWPC All-Academic - Superior

USA Water Polo

  • Spent time with the U.S. Youth National Team at the Giugno International Tournament in Sicily in August 2011

As a Junior (2014)

  • ACWPC Second Team All-American
  • NCAA All-Tournament Second Team
  • All-MPSF Second Team
  • MPSF/Kap7 All-Tournament Team
  • NCAA Elite 89 Award
  • ACWPC All-Academic - Outstanding
  • MPSF All-Academic
  • Third on the team with 45 goals, including six hat tricks as part of 13 multi-goal efforts
  • Tied for 20th in the MPSF in goals per game (1.50)
  • Scored four goals each in back-to-back wins over Whittier (9/28) and UC Irvine (10/4)
  • Scored in nine consecutive games from Sept. 27 to Oct. 12
  • Put home three of his four goals against USC (10/18) in the game’s final five minutes, breaking deadlocks at 8-8, 9-9 and finally 10-10 to propel Stanford to an 11-10 victory
  • Scored twice in the fourth quarter to put the Cardinal over the top, 8-7, in the MPSF Championship against Long Beach State (11/23)
  • Rattled the cage with an exclusion goal at 3:45 to bring Stanford level and clinched the title by scoring with just 15 seconds to go
  • Tallied a hat trick in the MPSF Championship win over Long Beach State (11/23)

As a Sophomore (2013)

  • ACWPC Third Team All-American
  • NCAA All-Tournament Second Team
  • All-MPSF Honorable Mention
  • ACWPC All-Academic - Outstanding
  • MPSF All-Academic
  • Third on the team with 45 goals, posting six hat tricks among his 15 multi-goal games
  • Posted a hat trick in win over MIT (9/8)
  • Scored twice in the first two NorCal Invitational wins over UC Davis and Pacific (9/21)
  • Netted four goals in a UCI Invitational second-round win over California (10/12)
  • Scored twice in MPSF wins over Pepperdine (10/27) and UC Santa Barbara (11/3)
  • Posted a hat trick in a win at UC Irvine (11/8)
  • Had another hat trick in a Big Splash win over California (11/23)
  • Scored thrice in the MPSF Tournament title-game loss to USC (12/1)
  • Scored seven goals at the NCAA Championship, including a hat trick in the semifinal loss to Pacific (12/7)

As a Freshman (2012)

  • ACWPC All-America Honorable Mention
  • All-MPSF Honorable Mention
  • ACWPC All-Academic - Superior
  • Finished the year third on the team with 31 goals
  • Scored 22 goals over the season's final seven games
  • Scored six times over four games at NorCal Invitational, including two against USC (9/16)
  • Opened his season-ending run with a hat trick at UC Davis (11/3) and four goals at Santa Clara (11/4)
  • Scored four goals in three straight games against Pacific (11/16), Long Beach State (11/23) and USC (11/24)
  • Netted a pair of goals in a third-place game loss to UCLA (11/25)

High School

  • A 2012 graduate of Villa Park High School
  • Four-year letterwinner in water polo and swimming
  • Captained the water polo and swim teams
  • Helped Villa Park to Century League titles in 2008, 2009 and 2011
  • Thrice named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division II First Team (2009-11)
  • Named to the All-CIF Southern Section Second Team in 2008
  • Finished his prep career with a school-record 424 goals
  • Was named to the NISCA/Speedo Boys All-America Third Team in 2010-11
  • Has played club ball for Socal Water Polo Club since 2005


  • Born in Orange, Calif.
  • Parents are Joseph and Rebecca
  • Has two older siblings, Alex and Cassie
  • Alex played water polo for the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Cassie is a 2012 Stanford graduate and won two NCAA titles (2011-12) with the Stanford women's water polo team
  • Hobbies include watching movies and people watching