Almaty, Kazakhstan – August 20 – The USA Men’s Senior National Team picked up their second straight victory at the FINA World Cup with an 11-7 win over Montenegro to go 2-0 in group play. Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Stanford/Stanford), Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/Stanford) and John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/California/NYAC) scored two goals each in the win while Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC) added 11 saves in net. Team USA finishes out group play on Thursday with a match against Serbia at 3:20am pst.
Almaty, Kazakhstan – August 19 – The USA Men’s Senior National Team opened the FINA World Cup in strong fashion with a 19-1 victory over South Africa. Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Stanford/Stanford) led a scoring spree with four goals while eight different players found the back of the net in total for Team USA. Alex Obert (Loomis, CA/Pacific/Sac Polo), Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/Stanford), and John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/California/NYAC) added three goals each while McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/USC/Regency) recorded 11 saves in the win. Team USA is back in action on Wednesday then they meet Montenegro at 2:00am pst.
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Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia – August 17 – After a little over a year away, the USA Water Polo Women’s Senior National Team is once again on top of the international water polo world. The USA Women won their second straight FINA World Cup title with a 10-6 victory over Australia and with it ascended to the number one ranking in FINA. Powered by three goals from Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/NYAC) in the title match and 16 saves from Sami Hill (Santa Barbara, CA/UCLA/SBWPF), the United States earned their third World Cup title in program history. Hill and fellow goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson (Miami, FL/Princeton/Gulliver Riptides) took turns in goal for Team USA all tournament long. For her efforts Johnson was named the tournament’s top goalkeeper despite not playing in the title match. For Team USA, the title joins World Cup crowns from 1979 (Merced, CA) and 2010 (Christchurch, New Zealand), the latter also a title game victory over Australia.
Belgrade, Serbia – August 17 – The USA Men’s Cadet National Team earned sixth place at the Darko Cucic Memorial Tournament after falling to Croatia 9-6 on the final day of competition. A strong first half for Croatia doomed the United States who were led on offense by two goals apiece from Ash Molthen and Cameron Wright. Patrick Saunders posted seven saves in net. Montenegro took first place overall topping Serbia 10-9 in a shootout. Greece edged Italy 8-7 for third place, Slovakia topped Hungary 12-11 for seventh place, and Germany rolled Australia 13-5 for ninth place.
Belgrade, Serbia – August 16 – The USA Men’s Cadet National Team picked up another victory at the Darko Cucic Memorial Tournament as they defeated Russia 13-4 on the final day of pool play. The victory puts Team USA into the fifth place match where they will meet Croatia on Sunday at 1:40am pst on Sunday. Ash Molthen and Josh Orrick scored four goals each in the win while Patrick Saunders posted 16 saves in net.
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia – August 16 – The USA Women’s Senior National Team will play for gold at the FINA World Cup following an 11-4 defeat of China. The defending World Cup champions, the United States, will defend their title in a rematch from 2010, meeting Australia on Sunday at 6:30am pt. Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/Diablo) scored four goals in the victory while Ashleigh Johnson (Miami, FL/Princeton/Gulliver Riptides) posted 11 saves in net.
Belgrade, Serbia – August 15 – The Men’s Cadet National Team lost their latest match at the Dark Cucic Memorial Tournament, falling to Greece 8-7. Chase Travisano and Cameron Wright led the offense with two goals each while Patrick Saunders posted 18 saves in net. Team USA returns to action on Saturday with a match against Russia at 9am pst.