LBHS Polo Star Signs With Stanford

Makenzie Fischer
Makenzie Fischer

Stanford University’s women’s water polo program signed six prep standouts to national letters of intent, including Makenzie Fischer of Laguna Beach, head coach John Tanner announced Wednesday.

A dozen other Laguna Beach High School student athletes also signed similar letters with other schools.

They include swimmer Eric Juliusson going to Purdue; volleyball players Francie Holte and Sabrina Stillwell to Brown; soccer player Harrison Gregory to Wake Forest; soccer players Evan Williams and Hunter Ashworth to USF; tennis star Summer Dvorak to Vanderbilt; water polo players Taylor Julson and Daniela Lucidi to Long Beach State; cross-country runner Janie Crawford to Texas; volleyball player Jack Burgi to Princeton; soccer player Pierce Ashworth to Stanford; and water polo player Brighid Burnes to LMU.

Fischer is one of just two high school students and the only member of the class of 2015 on the USA Women’s Senior National Team. She scored five goals in helping the Senior Team to gold at the 2014 FINA World League Super Final in Kunshan, China, this past June and six goals en route to silver at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament in Riverside, Calif., in May.

Fischer, the daughter of two-time Stanford men’s water polo All-American and 1992 Olympian Erich Fischer ’88, also won the 2014 Kirishi Cup with the senior team in Russia in early July. Her mother Leslie, a 1987 Stanford graduate, played for the Cardinal women’s water polo team when it was a club sport.

While starring for Laguna Beach High School, where she received the school’s Female Scholar-Athlete Award as a junior, the Breakers won their first-ever girls’ CIF Southern Section Division I Championship and Fischer was named 2014 CIF-SS Division I Female Water Polo Athlete of the Year.

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