|HUNTINGTON BEACH, California, June 25. TERRY Schroeder, Head Coach for the U.S. Olympic Men's Water Polo Team, today announced the 13 athletes that will compete at the 2012 Olympic Games this summer in London, England. Featuring ten returners from the 2008 team that won the Silver Medal, the team clinched a berth to the 2012 Olympic Games by winning Gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Led by Team Captain Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) and center Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/UC-Irvine/Newport WPF), both headed to play in their fourth Olympic Games, the veteran squad will be looking to build off recent momentum that has seen consecutive wins over Hungary and a victory against Croatia earlier this month. The team most recently took fourth place at the FINA World League Super Final in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Azevedo and Bailey will be the first male water polo athletes in USA Water Polo history to compete in four Olympic Games. The final 13 nominees to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Water Polo Team (Hometown/College/Club)
Tony Azevedo *#^ ? - Attacker (Long Beach, CA/Stanford '03/NYAC)
Ryan Bailey *#^ - Center (Long Beach, CA/UC-Irvine '98/Newport WPF)
Layne Beaubien#^ - Defender (Coronado, CA/Stanford '99/NYAC)
Shea Buckner - Attacker (Villa Park, CA/USC '10/NYAC)
Peter Hudnut ^ - Defender (Encino, CA/Stanford '03/NYAC)
Tim Hutten^ - Defender (Seal Beach, CA/UC-Irvine '08/Newport WPF)
Chay Lapin - Goalkeeper (Long Beach, CA/UCLA '09/Shore Aquatics)
John Mann - Center (Newport Beach, CA/California '07/NYAC)
Merrill Moses^ - Goalkeeper (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine '00/NYAC)
Jeff Powers #^ - Defender (San Luis Obispo, CA UC-Irvine '03/Newport WPF)
Jesse Smith #^ - Utility (Coronado, CA/Pepperdine '05/NYAC)
Peter Varellas^ - Attacker (Moraga, CA/Stanford '06/Olympic Club)
Adam Wright #^ - Attacker (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA '01/NYAC)
The U.S. Olympic Men's Water Polo Team will open competition at the 2012 Olympic Games against Montenegro on July 29. That is followed by a match against Romania on July 31, Great Britain on August 2, Serbia on August 4, and Hungary on August 6, to close out preliminary play in Group B. The quarterfinals are set for August 8, followed by the semifinals on August 10, and the medal round on August 12.
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