USA Men’s Water Polo Names World Championships Roster

Courtesy: USA Water Polo

IRVINE, Calif. – USA Men’s National Team Head Coach Dejan Udovicic has announced the roster for the upcoming FINA World Championship in Gwangju, South Korea. The USA Men are fresh off a gold medal finish at the China Wenjiang Tournament in Chengdu where they went 3-1. Team USA’s roster in Gwangju is lead by captain and four-time Olympian Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC). He’s joined by fellow 2016 Olympians Alex Obert (Loomis, CA/Pacific/NYAC), Ben Hallock (Westlake Village, CA/Stanford/LA Premier), Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita, Italy/California/Olympic Club) and Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC).

Alex Wolf (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin), Hannes Daube (Long Beach, CA/USC/North Irvine WPC) and Matt Farmer (La Grange, IL/UCLA/Windy City WP) make their FINA World Championship debut in 2019. Team USA opens play on July 15 against Kazakhstan before meeting Croatia and Australia to close out group play. A champion will be crowned on July 27. The top two finishers at this event qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games.

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USA Men’s Natioanl Team 2019 FINA World Championship Roster
1. Alex Wolf (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin)
2. Johnny Hooper (Los Angeles, CA/California/LA Premier)
3. Marko Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA/USC/Trojan)
4. Alex Obert (Loomis, CA/Pacific/NYAC)
5. Ben Hallock (Westlake Village, CA/Stanford/LA Premier)
6. Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita, Italy/California/Olympic Club)
7. Hannes Daube (Long Beach, CA/USC/North Irvine WPC)
8. Matt Farmer (La Grange, IL/UCLA/Windy City WP)
9. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
10. Chancellor Ramirez (Pasadena, CA/UCLA/NYAC)
11. Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC)
12. Max Irving (Long Beach, CA/UCLA/NYAC)
13. Drew Holland (Orinda, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club)

Head Coach: Dejan Udovicic
Assistant Coaches: Alex Rodriguez and Gavin Arroyo
Team Manager: Lori Verdegaal
Sports Medicine Manager: Chris Bates

2019 FINA World Championship Men’s Schedule
July 15 – USA vs Kazakhstan 11:10am (7:10pm pt – July 14)
July 17 – USA vs Croatia 9:50am (5:50pm pt – July 16)
July 19 – USA vs Australia 7:10pm (3:10am pt)
July 21 – TBD (crossover)
July 23 – TBD (quarterfinals)
July 25 – TBD (semifinals)
July 27 – TBD (finals)

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