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Olympians and National Teamers Dot Rosters at Open Championship -- October 27, 2004

Houston, TX, October 27, 2004—USA Water Polo has announced that the 2004 USA Water Polo Men’s Open Championship, slated to be held in Houston, Texas, October 29-31 at the University of Houston, will feature several former Olympic and National Team players competing for some of the nation’s top club teams.



New York Athletic Club, last year’s Men’s Open title winner, will boast a trio of players with significant National Team experience. Two-meter man Sean Kern (Honolulu, HI/UCLA) added to a sensational collegiate career—four-time All-American and two-time Peter J. Cutino Award winner—with a trip to Sydney as part of the U.S. Olympic Team in 2000. Merrill Moses (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine) is an accomplished goalkeeper with bundles of international experience. Athletic, agile and animated, Moses is considered to be one of the top players in the world at his position. Misha Kloshkov has been on the Kazakhstan National Team since 2002. He was named to Kazakhstan’s Olympic Team in 2004, but was forced to sit out due to injury. All three players are standouts in the USA Water Polo Premier League.



The Olympic Club of San Francisco features a pair of former National Teamers in Jon Samuels and Spencer Dornin (Laguna Beach, CA/Cal Berkeley). Samuels is a big, physical player in the hole with good scoring ability, while Dornin is a quick lefthander with a deadly outside shot.



The rest of the field will include many of the best collegiate and former collegiate players in the country.



The three-day tournament, one only three major events for USA Water Polo this fall, begins on Friday, October 29 and will wrap up with the championship at 3:30 p.m. on Halloween (October 31) afternoon.



Group A
Group B

Olympic Club
New York AC

Miami
CHAWP

Cal Baptist
Orange County WPF

Houston
Austin

Dallas
Dirty Bay




2004 Men’s Open Championship Schedule – October 29-31

Date
Game #
Time
Team
vs
Team

Friday, October 29
1
8:00 a.m.
Cal Baptist (A3)
vs
Houston (A4)


2
9:00 a.m.
Miami (A2)
vs
Dallas (A5)


3
10:00 a.m.
Orange County WPF (B3)
vs
Austin (B4)


4
11:00 a.m.
CHAWP (B2)
vs
Dirty Bay (B5)


5
12:00 p.m.
Olympic Club (A1)
vs
Cal Baptist (A3)


6
1:00 p.m.
New York AC (B1)
vs
Orange County WPF (B3)


7
2:00 p.m.
Miami (A2)
vs
Houston (A4)


8
3:00 p.m.
Olympic Club (A1)
vs
Dallas (A5)


9
4:00 p.m.
CHAWP (B2)
vs
Austin (B4)


10
5:00 p.m.
New York AC
vs
Dirty Bay (B5)

Saturday, October 30
11
10:00 a.m.
Austin (B4)
vs
Dirty Bay (B5)


12
11:00 a.m.
Houston (A4)
vs
Dallas (A5)


13
12:00 p.m.
CHAWP (B2)
vs
Orange County WPF (B3)


14
1:00 p.m.
New York AC (B1)
vs
Austin (B4)


15
2:00 p.m.
Miami (A2)
vs
Cal Baptist (A3)


16
3:00 p.m.
Olympic Club (A1)
vs
Houston (A4)


17
4:00 p.m.
Orange County WPF (B3)
vs
Dirty Bay (B5)


18
5:00 p.m.
Cal Baptist (A3)
vs
Dallas (A5)


19
6:00 p.m.
New York AC (B1)
vs
CHAWP (B2)


20
7:00 p.m.
Olympic Club (A1)
vs
Miami (A2)

Sunday, October 31
21
7:00 a.m.
3rd in Group A
vs
4th in Group B


22
8:00 a.m.
3rd in Group B
vs
4th in Group A


23
9:00 a.m.
1st in Group A
vs
2nd in Group B


24
10:10 a.m.
1st in Group B
vs
2nd in Group A

9th Place Game
25
11:20 a.m.
5th in Group A
vs
5th in Group B

7th Place Game
26
12:20 p.m.
Loser Game 21
vs
Loser Game 22

5th Place Game
27
1:20 p.m.
Winner Game 21
vs
Winner Game 22

3rd Place Game
28
2:20 p.m.
Loser Game 23
vs
Loser Game 24

1st Place Game
29
3:30 p.m.
Winner Game 23
vs
Loser Game 23