USA Water Polo Announces Upcoming Men’s International Rosters

Photo Courtesy: Jared Gray/USA Water Polo

USA Water Polo Men’s Senior National Team Head Coach Dejan Udovicic has announced two rosters for upcoming team travel to Australia and New Zealand. One group will compete in two exhibition matches against the Australian National Team on March 28 and 30 on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. The other group will take part in the FINA Intercontinental Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand from April 3-8. This marks the first official competition for Team USA since the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Four-time Olympian Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC) leads the way competing in both events and will be joined during the trip by fellow Olympians Alex Obert (Loomis, CA/Pacific/NYAC), Ben Hallock (Westlake Village, CA/Stanford/LA Premier), Alex Roelse (Maarssen, Netherlands/UCLA/NYAC), Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC) and Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita, Italy/California/Olympic Club).

Both matches in Australia will stream live, see below for more information. In New Zealand, Team USA will square off against New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Japan and China before advancement. Live streaming details be shared as they become available.

USA Men’s Senior National Team – Australia Exhibitions Roster
1. Alex Wolf (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin)
2. Johnny Hooper (Los Angeles, CA/California/LA Premier)
3. Marko Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA/USC/Trojan)
4. Quinten Osborne (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Vanguard)
5. Ben Hallock (Westlake Village, CA/Stanford/LA Premier)
6. Ben Stevenson (Reno, NV/Pacific/Alumni)
7. Hannes Daube (Long Beach, CA/Orange Lutheran HS/Newport Beach)
8. Alex Roelse (Maarssen, Netherlands/UCLA/NYAC)
9. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
10. Dylan Woodhead (San Anselmo, CA/Stanford/SHAQ)
11. Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC)
12. Nic Carniglia (Lodi, CA/California/Davis WPC)
13. Drew Holland (Orinda, CA/Stanford/Lamorinda)

Head Coach – Dejan Udovicic
Assist Coach – Gavin Arroyo
Assist Coach – Jeff Tyrrell
Manager – Lori Verdegaal

March 28 – USA vs Australia – 9:30pm pt – Watch LIVE
March 30 – USA vs Australia – 1:30am pt – Watch LIVE

USA Men’s Senior National Team – FINA Intercontinental Tournament Roster
1. Alex Wolf (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin)
2. Johnny Hooper (Los Angeles, CA/California/LA Premier)
3. Marko Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA/USC/Trojan)
4. Alex Obert (Loomis, CA/Pacific/NYAC)
5. Ben Hallock (Westlake Village, CA/Stanford/LA Premier)
6. Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita, Italy/California/Olympic Club)
7. Hannes Daube (Long Beach, CA/Orange Lutheran HS/Newport Beach)
8. Alex Roelse (Maarssen, Netherlands/UCLA/NYAC)
9. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
10. Chancellor Ramirez (Pasadena, CA/UCLA/NYAC)
11. Jesse Smith (Coronado, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC)
12. Max Irving (Long Beach, CA/UCLA/LA Water Polo)
13. Drew Holland (Orinda, CA/Stanford/Lamorinda)

Head Coach – Dejan Udovicic
Assist Coach – Alex Rodriguez
Assist Coach – Jeff Tyrrell
Manager – Lori Verdegaal

FINA Intercontinental Tournament – USA Men’s National Team Schedule (all times PT)
April 3 New Zealand 1:45am pt
April 3 Saudi Arabia 7:10pm pt
April 4 Japan 5:40pm pt
April 5 China 4:40pm pt
April 6 TBD
April 7 TBD

Press release courtesy of USA Water Polo.

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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