LOS ALAMITOS, CA, December 23. USA Water Polo announced it is sending the U.S. men’s Youth National Team north to Victoria, British Colombia, Canada next week to compete in the 2004 NorAm Water Polo Tournament, running December 28 through 31.
The team, which will be comprised of 12 athletes born in 1987 or later, will be coached by Olympic defender Dan Klatt (Fresno, CA/UC Irvine/Newport WPF). Klatt has been busy since Athens handling the duties for his new position as the head women’s water polo coach at UC Irvine, his alma mater, but is eager to get back into the international arena with the Youth Team.
“This is another great opportunity for these guys to get some good competition in at a time of the year when there isn’t much,” said Klatt.
The trip will also serve another purpose for Klatt and his crew, who will not have trained together for the tournament until it arrives in Canada.
“This will be a chance for the guys to bond a bit and play together and a chance for me to get acquainted with them,” said Klatt, who was named as the men’s Youth Team coach earlier this year.
Klatt and company will be a part of a six-team field that includes two Canadian youth teams, a youth team and a junior team from New Zealand and the Japanese youth team.
Play opens for the U.S. in the round robin-format tourney on Tuesday (December 28) with an 11:45 a.m. game (local B.C. time) against Japan. The U.S. will take on New Zealand’s youth squad at 6:30 p.m. that night.
2004-2005 U.S. Men’s Youth Team (home zone): Jimmy Sandman (Pacific), Matt Aksel (Pacific Northwest/Hawaii), JW Krumpholz (Southern Pacific), Tyler Jemmett (Pacific Southwest), Anthony Artukovich (Coastal California), Matt Sagehorn (Coastal California), Ryan McCarthy (Central California), Arjan Ligtenberg (Pacific), Clay Jorth (Southern Pacific), Nico Sardo (Pacific Southwest), Miguel Cidoncha (Pacific Southwest), Tyler Smith (Pacific). Head coach Dan Klatt, assistant coach John Riess, team manager Kurt Krumpholz.
2004 NorAm Youth Water Polo Tournament – Schedule
Date Game # Time Team vs Team
December 28 1 10:30 a.m. New Zealand Youth vs New Zealand Junior
2 11:45 a.m. USA Youth vs Japan Youth
3 1:20 p.m. Canada Red vs Canada White
4 6:30 p.m. New Zealand Youth vs USA Youth
5 7:45 p.m. New Zealand Junior vs Canada Red
6 9:00 p.m. Canada White vs Japan Youth
December 29 7 10:30 a.m. New Zealand Junior vs USA Youth
8 11:45 a.m. Japan Youth vs Canada Red
9 1:00 p.m. Canada White vs New Zealand Youth
10 6:30 p.m. Japan Youth vs New Zealand Junior
11 7:45 p.m. New Zealand Youth vs Canada Red
12 9:00 p.m. USA Youth vs Canada White
December 30 13 10:30 a.m. Japan Youth vs New Zealand Youth
14 11:45 a.m. Canada White vs New Zealand Junior
15 1:00 p.m. Canada Red vs USA Youth
16 6:30 p.m. Round Robin #1 vs Round Robin #4
17 7:45 p.m. Round Robin #2 vs Round Robin #3
18 9:00 p.m. Round Robin #5 vs Round Robin #6
December 31 19 (5th Place) 8:00 a.m. Round Robin #6 vs Round Robin #5
20 (3rd Place) 9:15 a.m. Loser Game 16 vs Loser Game 17
21 (1st Place) 10:30 a.m. Winner Game 16 vs Winner Game 17
11:45 a.m. Awards Ceremony