|| Meridith McColl
Favorite Stanford Memory: "It was an Overseas Seminar in Belgium. Each day, we had an activity and a lecture with either a professor, diplomat, or policy maker. We toured a brewery and cheered Belgium on at a soccer match. We went on bike rides through the countryside, took trains to the beach, and we even spent a weekend in Amsterdam. While there, I also found a pool and went to workout. On the deck, I saw the familiar `Mikasa' symbol in the hands of none other than Belgian water polo player! He spoke good English, and we were fast friends. I ended up training with his local masters team, and it was so much fun! One night, my polo friends got together and cooked homemade chocolate fondue as a surprise (because I love chocolate!!). On this trip I met some awesome people (inside the seminar as well as out) that I still keep in touch with. I had the time of my life."
Summer 2006: Took Chinese summer classes ... Spent time with family in San Diego.
As a Junior in 2006:
Started all 29 games in goal for the Cardinal and registered 226 saves ... Helped the team to its fourth MPSF Championship and a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships ... Earned Second Team All-Americn honors ... Named to the All-MPSF First Team ... Registered double-figure saves on eight occasions, including the third place game at the NCAA Championships ... Collected a season-high 15 saves against UC Santa Barbara (2/18) ... Tallied 14 saves against USC (3/9) ... Recorded 21 saves during the MPSF Championships ... Named to the MPSF All-Tournament Team ... An MPSF Academic All-Conference honoree ... Named to the AWPCA All-Academic Team ... A finalist for the Peter J. Cutino Award for the country's top female collegiate water polo player.
Summer 2005: Spent the summer training with the National Team ... Also conducted a research project and traveled to Belgium to study the European Union ... Helped the USA Junior National Team to a gold medal at the Junior World Championships in Perth, Australia during the school year.
As a Sophomore in 2005: As Stanford's starting goalie, made 190 saves in 29 games in the goal ... Honored with the prestigious Block 'S' Outstanding Female Sophomore Award, presented the most outstanding female sophomore athlete at Stanford ... Named to the AWPCA All-American Second-Team ... Selected as NCAA All-Tournament Honorable Mention ... MPSF All-Conference Second-team and named to the MPSF Championship All-Tournament Team ... Earned Academic All-American and MPSF Academic All-Conference honors ... Helped the team to second-place finishes at both the MPSF and NCAA championships ... Tallied eight saves in the NCAA championship final versus UCLA (5/15) ... Notched nine saves in Stanford's semifinal victory over USC at the NCAA tournament (5/14) ... Recorded 10 saves versus Michigan (5/13) in the first round of the NCAA ... Recorded a career-high 19 saves to help upset USC (5/1) in the MPSF semifinal.
Summer 2004: Played for the gold medal-winning Team USA in the Junior Pan-American Games in El Salvador.
As a Freshman in 2004: Starting goalie for Stanford's third-place NCAA team ... Tallied 137 saves ... MPSF All-Conference honoree.
High School: 2003 CIF State Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Capistrano Valley High School Female Athlete of the Year and OC Register Scholar-Athlete ... Four-time First-Team South Coast League and three-time First-Team All-CIF ... Captained the water polo squad during her senior season ... Four-year Governor's Scholar ... Member of the USA National Junior Team in 2003 and 2002 ... Squad won the silver medal at the 2003 Junior World Championships and the gold medal at 2002 Junior Pan-American Games ... U.S. Water Polo Junior Olympic All-American in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 ... A four-year varsity letterwinner in water polo and three-year letterwinner in swimming.
Personal: Born August 10, 1985, in San Diego, Calif. ... Daughter of Duncan and Emily McColl ... Has siblings, Will, Andrew and Scott ... Grandfather, Bill, father, Duncan, and uncle, Milt, are all former members of the Stanford football team who went on to play professionally (Bill-Chicago Bears, Duncan-Washington Redskins, Milt-San Francisco 49ers) ... Father and grandfather are now members of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame ... Mother, Emily, was a sweeper on the Stanford women's field hockey team ... Uncle, John, was an outside hitter for the Stanford men's volleyball team ... International Relations major.