Men's Senior National Team




Jesse Smith
Jesse  Smith

Hometown:
Coronado, CA

Last College:
Pepperdine 2005

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 240

Position:
Utility

Birthdate:
04/27/1983

Club:
NY Athletic Club


05/06/2016

USA Men's Senior National Team Announces Roster For 2016 FINA Intercontinental Tournament

Competition starts May 10 in Yokohama, Japan

04/29/2016

USAWPNL Profiles: UC-San Diego's Nick Alexander Ready For National League Championship

Triton and USA SoCal look to make a run this week in Berkeley

12/20/2015

USA Men Drop Second Match To Croatia 14-9 In Los Angeles

Bonanni scores three goals in the loss

12/17/2015

USA Men Set To Take On Croatia In Two Game Series Starting Tonight In Newport Beach; Rosters Announced

Team USA plays tonight in Newport Beach and on Sunday in Los Angeles

08/04/2015

USA Men Fall Short To Serbia 12-7; Will Compete In 5th-8th Place Bracket

Team USA to meet Hungary on Thursday evening

05/10/2013

60 seconds with Jesse Smith.

60 Seconds With - Jesse Smith

01/28/2013

U.S. Men defeat Argentina in an exhibition.

Men's National Team vs. Argentina - Exhibition

07/10/2012

Good luck to the U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic teams in London!

Olympic Send-Off

06/07/2012

U.S. Men beat Croatia for first time since 2008.

Men's National Team vs. Croatia @ Rose Bowl

06/06/2012

Announcing the Men's Olympic Team for London.

Men's Olympic Team Press Conference Recap

03/08/2013

USA v Argentina at UANA Aquatic Championships

USA v Argentina in Game 3 of the UANA Aquatic Championships in Calgary, Canada.

03/08/2013

USA v Argentina at UANA Aquatic Championships

Game 4 of the UANA Aquatic Championships in Calgary, Canada

02/13/2013

2012 Olympic Games

The U.S. Olympic Men's Water Polo Team competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England finishing in 8th place

Has drawn acclaim as one of the game's most naturally gifted athletes.

INTERNATIONAL/CLUB
Posted one goal during 2015 FINA World Championships...Added one goal to Team USA's third-place finish in 2015 FINA Intercontinental Tournament...Named top defensive player at 2014 FINA World Cup...Scored four goals to help Team USA to fourth-place finish at 2014 FINA World Cup...Helped Team USA qualify for 2013 FINA World Championship by earning Silver at 2013 UANA World Aquatics Championship...Recorded three goals at 2012 Olympics...Scored three goals for Team USA at 2012 FINA World League Super Final... Tallied six goals in helping Team USA to Gold medal and Olympic berth at 2011 Pan American Games...Scored five goals during sixth-place finish at 2011 FINA World Championships...Tallied three goals in helping team finish fourth at 2011 FINA World League Super Final in Florence, Italy...Registered two goals to help team USA take fourth place during 2010 FINA World Cup in Oradea, Romania...Added eight goals en route to helping Team USA capture fifth place at 2010 FINA World League Super Final in Nis, Serbia...Scored three goals in helping USA to fourth place finish at FINA World Championships... Earned Silver medal at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China...Scored three goals and added two assists...Tallied three goals during Silver medal finish at 2008 FINA World League Super Final...Scored on four occasions at 2007 FINA World League Super Final...Tallied eight goals at 2007 Pan American Games, including four in tourney opening win over Brazil...Part of 2006 and 2007 FINA World League Super Final squads...Won Gold medal at 2007 Pan American Games...Member of 2007 FINA World Championship team, scoring four goals...Scored six goals for Team USA at 2005 FINA World Championships ...Was one of USA's top scorers at 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece...Scored nine goals at 2004 Summer Olympics, including two goals in his Olympic debut against Croatia and a three-goal performance against Italy to clinch seventh place for the U.S...Made a splash in 2002 as an exciting passer, scorer and defender...Scored in three games at 2003 Pan American Games...Had four goals in 2003 World Championships finals...Named as the Top Defender at 2003 American Water Polo League finals for Newport...Finished fourth on team with nine goals in 2002 FINA World League...Made senior National Team debut at 2001 Canada Cup in Calgary.

PROFESSIONAL
2005 Club Ethnikos Pireaus, National Champion of Greece 2005...2006-2008 Club Mladost Zagreb, National Champion of Croatia 2008...2008-9 Club Jadran Herceg Novi, National Champion of Montenegro 2009...2009-10 Club Rari Nantes Savona, second place in Italy...Winner of LEN Cup...2011-13 Club Galatasaray Istanbul, National Champion of Turkey 2012...2014 Club Paulistano Sao Paulo, third place Brazil...Competed seven years in Champions League teams, one Final Four 2008.

COLLEGE
Played at Pepperdine University...First team All-American in 2004...First team MPSF pick in 2002...First team All-American in 2002...Led the Waves with 55 goals in 2003.

HIGH SCHOOL
A graduate of Coronado High School in Coronado, CA...Helped Coronado to three San Diego Section CIF Division II championships in 1998, 1999 and 2000...Named San Diego Union-Tribune Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000.

PERSONAL
Favorite foods range from sushi to carrots...Enjoys hiking.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2015 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, KAZAN, RUSSIA, 7TH PLACE
  • 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, TORONTO, CANADA, 1ST PLACE
  • 2015 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, BERGAMO, ITALY 4TH PLACE
  • 2015 FINA INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, CORONA DEL MAR, CA, US, 3RD PLACE
  • 2014 FINA WORLD CUP, ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN, 4TH PLACE
  • 2013 UANA WORLD AQUATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS, CALGARY, CANADA, 2ND PLACE
  • 2012 OLYMPICS GAMES, LONDON, ENGLAND, 8TH PLACE
  • 2012 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN, 4TH PLACE
  • 2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, GUADALAJARA, MEXICO, 1ST PLACE
  • 2011 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 6TH PLACE
  • 2011 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, FLORENCE, ITALY, 4TH PLACE
  • 2010 FINA WORLD CUP, ORADEA, ROMANIA, 4TH PLACE
  • 2010 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, NIS, SERBIA, 5TH PLACE
  • 2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ROME, ITALY, 4TH PLACE
  • 2009 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, PODGORICA , MONTENEGRO, 4TH PLACE
  • 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES, BEIJING, CHINA, 2ND PLACE
  • 2008 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINALS, GENOA, ITALY, 2ND PLACE
  • 2007 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINALS, BERLIN, GERMANY 5TH PLACE
  • 2007 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, 1ST PLACE
  • 2007 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 9TH PLACE
  • 2006 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINALS, ATHENS, GREECE, 5TH PLACE
  • 2005 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, MONTREAL, CANADA, 11TH PLACE
  • 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES, ATHENS, GREECE, 7TH PLACE
  • 2004 TORNEO DI NAPOLI, NAPLES, ITALY, 3RD PLACE
  • 2003 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINALS, NEW YORK, NY, 3RD PLACE
  • 2003 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, 1ST PLACE
  • 2003 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BARCELONA, SPAIN, 6TH PLACE
  • 2003 JOBO CURTINI TOURNAMENT, RIJEKA, CROATIA, 3RD PLACE
  • 2003 U.S. CUP, STANFORD, CA, UNITED STATES, 2ND PLACE
  • 2003 FRENCH INTERNATIONAL, NICE, FRANCE, 1ST PLACE
  • 2002 FINA WORLD CUP, BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA, 7TH PLACE
  • 2002 UNICUM CUP, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, 4TH PLACE
  • 2002 TRISTAR INTERNATIONAL, KRANJ, SLOVENIA, 3RD PLACE
  • 2002 EIGHT-NATIONS TOURNAMENT, NICE, FRANCE, 3RD PLACE
  • 2001 PAN AMERICAN QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT, SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REP., 1ST PLACE
  • 2000 JUNIOR PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, BARQISIMIETO, VENEZUELA, 1ST PLACE

FUN FACTS
Pregame Ritual: Yoga And Visualization
Favorite Quote: Let Go And Let God.
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Acai! Better Than Ice Cream
Favorite Chain Restaurant: Whole Foods. Also L Love Sushi And Mexican Food.
Favorite Reality Tv Show: Youtube Surf Videos
Where Do You See Yourself 10 Years From Now?: Still Playing Water Polo, Like The Last 10+ Years
If You Couldn't Play Water Polo, What Sport Would You Play?: Surf
Role Model: Athletes Who Have Taken Care Of Their Bodies, Who Lead Healthy Lifestyles To Extend Their Careers And Are Still At The Tops Of Their Games Like Tom Brady And Kelly Slater.
Athletic Inspiration: My Three Children, They Never Run Out Of Energy And Truly Believe Anything Is Possible, Including Getting A Gold Medal!


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