USA WP Men Announce Roster For Intercontinental Tournament

Huntington Beach, CA – May 6 – USA Water Polo Men’s Senior National Team Head Coach Dejan Udovicic has announced the roster for the upcoming FINA Men’s Intercontinental Tournament. Competition begins on Tuesday, May 10 at the Yokohama International Swimming Pool in Yokohama, Japan. This event serves as a qualifier for the upcoming FINA World League Super Final June 21-26 in China. Team USA captain Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) leads a 14 man roster joined by returning Olympians Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC), Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC), and John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/Calfornia/NYAC). See below for a complete roster.

The United States will open play against Australia on May 10 at 4pm local time/12am pt. That is followed by matches with Japan, Kazakhstan, Brazil, and China. Following the competition in Japan, Team USA will return home for a two-game series with Australia onMay 20 at Pomona-Pitzer’s Haldeman Pool and on May 22 at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatic Center. Tickets for both matches are on sale and can be purchased by clicking here.

2016 FINA Men’s Intercontinental Tournament Roster
GK – Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC)
GK – McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/USC/United)
C – John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/California/NYAC)
C – Alex Obert (Loomis, CA/Pacific/NYAC)
D – Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC)
D – Jackson Kimbell (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/Newport)
D – Alex Roelse (Maarssen, Netherlands/UCLA/Bruin)
A – Nic Carniglia (Lodi, CA/California/Davis)
A – Josh Samuels (Villa Park, CA/UCLA/NYAC)
A – Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
A – Luca Cupido (Newport Beach, CA/California/Newport)
A – Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
A – Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
A – Nikola Vavic (Palos Verdes, CA/USC/Trojan)

Head Coach: Dejan Udovicic
Asst. Coaches: Jack Kocur and Alex Rodriguez
Team Leader: Rick McKee

2016 FINA Men’s Intercontinental Tournament Schedule
May 10 vs Australia – 4pm local time/12am pst
May 11 vs Japan – 7pm local time/3am pst
May 12 vs Kazakhstan – 5:30pm local time/1:30am pst
May 13 vs Brazil – 4pm local time/12am pst
May 14 vs China – 5:30pm local time/1:30am pst
May 15 vs TBD

Swimming news courtesy of USA Water Polo.

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