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#8 Bret Bonanni
Position: Driver
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 205
Year: Senior
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School: Mater Dei
Major: Science, Technology & Society

Career Accolades

  • 2015 Peter J. Cutino Award finalist
  • 2014 FINA Men's Water Polo Player of the Year finalist
  • 2014 ACWPC First Team All-American
  • 2014 NCAA All-Tournament First Team
  • 2014 All-MPSF First Team
  • 2014 MPSF/Kap7 All-Tournament Team
  • 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team
  • 2014 ACWPC All-Academic - Superior
  • 2014 MPSF All-Academic
  • 2013 ACWPC First Team All-American
  • 2013 NCAA All-Tournament First Team
  • 2013 ACWPC All-Academic - Superior
  • 2013 All-MPSF Second Team
  • 2013 MPSF/Kap7 All-Tournament Team
  • 2013 MPSF All-Academic
  • 2012 ACWPC Second Team All-American
  • 2012 MPSF Newcomer of the Year
  • 2012 All-MPSF First Team
  • 2012 ACWPC All-Academic - Superior
  • MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week (November 3, 2014; October 29, 2012; October 15, 2012)

USA Water Polo

  • Represented his country as part of the USA Men's Senior National Team during the summer of 2014 at the FINA Intercontinental Qualification Tournament, the four-game series with Serbia in Northern California (June 4-8), the FINA World League Super Final and the FINA World Cup
  • Named to the All-Tournament Team at the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Aug. 19-24) after leading the U.S. to a fourth-place finish by scoring 13 total goals, including five against Serbia on the third day of the event
  • Scored seven times as the U.S. came in fifth at the FINA World League Super Final in Dubai (June 14-21, 2014)
  • Put in 13 goals as part of the USA's gold-medal winning effort at the FINA Intercontinental Qualification Tournament in Shanghai, China (May 26-31, 2014)
  • Played with the USA Men's Senior National Team at the Volvo Cup in Sznolnok, Hungary Feb. 7-9, 2014
    • Scored 10 total goals in games against Serbia, Germany and Hungary
  • Played with U.S. Junior National Team that took fifth at FINA Junior World Championship in Hungary in Aug. 2013
  • Helped U.S. Senior National Team to fourth-place finish at FINA World League Super Final in Russia in June 2013
  • Made U.S. Senior National Team debut at UANA World Aquatic Championship Qualification Tournament Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2013
  • Scored four goals to help U.S. to silver medal and qualification for FINA World Championship
  • Played for the U.S. Junior National Team at the 2011 Junior World Championship in Volos, Greece

As a Junior (2014)

  • Peter J. Cutino Award finalist
  • FINA Men's Water Polo Player of the Year finalist
  • ACWPC First Team All-American
  • NCAA All-Tournament First Team
  • All-MPSF First Team
  • MPSF/Kap7 All-Tournament Team
  • Capital One Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team
  • ACWPC All-Academic - Superior
  • MPSF All-Academic
  • MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week (November 3)
  • Scored a conference-leading 96 goals, just one shy of his single-season school record 97 (2013)
  • Also led the league in goals per game (3.20)
  • Became the first Cardinal in history to post multiple 90-goal seasons
  • Tallied 21 hat tricks among his 26 multi-goal games
  • Stanford's only player to score in all 30 games
  • Finished the year with an eight-goal outing in the NCAA third-place game against UC San Diego (12/7)
  • Eight scores were just one shy of the single-game record in the history of the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championship
  • Combined with three goals in the semifinal against USC (12/6), his 11 total goals in La Jolla were the most in NCAA Championship history since 1994
  • Also set the new two-game NCAA Championship record for goals (11) since the tournament switched to a four-team format in 1995
  • Scored four goals at the MPSF Tournament to help Stanford to its first title since 2004
  • Averaged 3.4 goals per regular-season MPSF game (27 total)
  • Had four games with at least five goals: UC Davis [5] (10/5), Long Beach State [5] (11/1), California [5] (11/8) and UCSD [8] (12/7)

As a Sophomore (2013)

  • ACWPC First Team All-American
  • NCAA All-Tournament First Team
  • ACWPC All-Academic - Superior
  • All-MPSF Second Team
  • MPSF All-Academic
  • Led team with a Stanford single-season record 97 goals
  • Had 20 hat tricks among his 25 multi-goal games
  • Opened the year by scoring 19 goals over four games at Bruno Fall Classic (9/7-8)
  • Scored at least four goals in first six games of the season and nine of the first 10
  • Scored 14 goals at the NorCal Invitational, including four in both a second-round win over Pacific (9/21) and a third-place game win over California (9/22)
  • Netted six goals in a win over Santa Clara (10/5)
  • Scored five times in a third-place game loss to Pacific at UCI Invitational (10/13)
  • Had a hat trick in a win over UCLA (10/19)
  • Scored four times in a MPSF win over UC Irvine (11/8)
  • Added a hat trick in a 17-16 overtime win at USC (11/16)
  • Put in four goals in the Big Splash win over California (11/23)
  • Had three hat tricks and 11 goals total in Stanford's run to the MPSF Tournament title game (11/29-12/1)
  • Scored eight goals at the NCAA Championship, including five against St. Francis Brooklyn (12/8)

As a Freshman (2012)

  • ACWPC Second Team All-American
  • MPSF Newcomer of the Year
  • All-MPSF First Team
  • ACWPC All-Academic - Superior
  • MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week (October 15 and October 29)
  • Scored a team-high 73 goals
  • Posted 12 hat tricks
  • Scored an MPSF record-tying nine goals in win over Air Force (10/21)
  • Scored 10 goals over Stanford's third-place finish at NorCal Invitational (9/15-16)
  • Scored nine times at the SoCal Tournament
  • Posted hat tricks in wins at UCSB (10/13) and Pepperdine (10/14)
  • Scored 14 goals over wins at the Rodeo Tournament (10/21); five against Bucknell, nine against Air Force
  • Netted eight goals in a home win over UC Irvine (10/27)
  • Scored four goals against Long Beach State (10/28), six at UC Davis (11/3) and four at Santa Clara (11/4) to wrap a six-game stretch from Oct. 21-Nov. 4 in which he scored 36 goals
  • Scored six goals at the MPSF Championship as Stanford finished fourth

High School

  • A 2012 graduate of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Four-year letterwinner in water polo
  • Captained the team as a junior and senior
  • Helped lead team to four CIF titles
  • MDHS captured CIF Southern Section Division II titles in 2008-09 and Division I titles in 2010-11
  • NISCA/Speedo Boys All-America First Team in 2010 and 2011
  • Two-time CIF Southern Section Division I Player of the Year (2010-11)
  • Two-time Orange County Register Player of the Year (2010-11)
  • Scored 435 career goals at Mater Dei, including 124 as a senior in 2011
  • Played for Regency Water Polo Club
  • Helped lead team to U.S. Club title in 2011, where he was named MVP


  • Born in Newport Beach, Calif.
  • Parents are Ed and Kim
  • Has one older sibling, Cole
  • Aims for a career in real estate development
  • Hobbies include skateboarding