Men’s NorAm Cup Kicks Off Water Polo New Year

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., January 1. 2003 is in the books, but the U.S. men's
water polo team will be kicking off 2004 in fine fashion this weekend at the NorAm Cup at the USA Water Polo National Aquatics Center in Los Alamitos (Calif.).

The three-day tournament, which runs from Friday (January 2) through Sunday (January 4), features senior, cadet (born in 1987), and
developmental (born in 1989) teams from the U.S. and Canada.

The sixth-ranked U.S. men's team, which recently saw the return of its three collegiate level players, will highlight the competition with three games against northern rival Canada. Team USA finished sixth at the 2003 World Championships before moving on to qualify for the 2004 Olympics by winning gold at the Pan American Games. The U.S. then capped off its competitive season by taking third at the 2003 FINA World League Super Finals.

Playing the undercard games of the tournament will be the 2003 U.S. cadet and developmental teams and two counterpart teams from Canada, designated "Canada East" and "Canada West."

This will be the first international competition of the Olympic year for any U.S. Water Polo National Team. The U.S. men's senior National Team will have joint training and three official games with Germany from January 11-20.

Tickets will be $5.00 per session for adults and $3.00 per session for
students.

For more information, please visit us on the web at www.usawaterpolo.com.

Date Time Team vs Team

Friday, January 2, 2004
5:30 p.m. USA Development vs Canada West
6:45 p.m. USA Cadet vs Canada East
8:00 p.m. Team USA vs Canada

Saturday, January 3, 2004
5:30 p.m. USA Development vs Canada East
6:45 p.m. USA Cadet vs Canada West
8:00 p.m. Team USA vs Canada

Sunday, January 4, 2004
9:30 a.m. USA Development vs Canada B *
10:45 a.m. USA Cadet vs Canada A *
12:00 p.m. Team USA vs Canada

* Canada A and B teams to be determined by Canadian coaching staff following Saturday's games.

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