USA Men’s Water Polo Takes Seventh at World League Super Final

Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

Budapest, Hungary – June 23 – The USA Men’s Water Polo National Team took seventh place at the FINA World League Super Final with a 9-3 win over Kazakhstan. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC) scored two goals to lead the offense with McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/USC/NYAC) and Alex Wolf (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin) combined for six saves in net.

Click here to watch a replay of the USA-Kazakhstan match. For more information on the FINA World League Super Final, click here.

Team USA jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter capped by a Max Irving (Long Beach, CA/UCLA/LA Premier) goal with :46 left in the period. Kazakhstan broke through with a goal in the second quarter and kept Team USA off the board to trail 4-1 at intermission.

The United States offense ramped back up in the third outscoring Kazakhstan 3-1 to go in front 7-2. In the fourth Team USA tacked on two more goals from Johnny Hooper (Los Angeles, CA/California/LA Premier) and Marko Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA/USC/Trojan) to take a 9-3 victory.

Team USA went 3/10 on power plays and 1/2 on penalties while Kazkhstan was 1/5 on the advantage and 1/1 on penalties. The United States finished play at the FINA World League Super Final with a record of 4-2 earning wins over Spain, Croatia and Kazakhstan (2x).

Next up for Team USA is a trip to Germany where they will compete in a Four Nations Tournament from June 29-July 1.


USA – 9 (4,0,3,2) A. Bowen 2, A. Roelse 1, A. Obert 1, M. Irving 1, H. Daube 1, B. Hallock 1, J. Hooper 1, M. Vavic 1
KAZ – 3 (0,1,1,1) R. Ukumanov 1, A. Shmider 1, A. Godoyanyuk 1
Saves – USA – M. Baron 4, A. Wolf 2 – KAZ – V. Shlemoy 4
6×5 – USA 3/10 – KAZ – 1/5
Penalties – USA 1/2 – KAZ – 1/1

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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