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The U.S. Olympic Men's Water Polo Team competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England finishing in 8th place
Totaled 33 saves in 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...Dropped 35 saves in 2016 FINA World League Super Final...Added 28 saves in 2016 FINA Intercontinental Tournament...Recorded 46 saves in 2015 FINA World Championships...Tallied 22 saves at the 2015 Pan American Games which led Team USA to a gold winning finish...Posted 49 saves in helping Team USA to a fourth place finish at the 2014 FINA World Cup...Blocked 40 shots in the 2013 FINA World Championships...Recorded 63 saves at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England... Started every match and added 58 saves at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final... Posted 36 saves stopping over 65% of shots faced on the way to a Gold Medal and Olympic berth at the 2011 Pan American Games...Recorded 61 saves and started every match in a sixth place finish at the 2011 FINA World Championships...Added 56 saves in anchoring teams defense during fourth place finish at 2011 FINA World League Super Final in Florence, Italy...Blocked 52 shots during the 2010 FINA World Cup in Oradea, Romania...Tallied 54 saves at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final in Nis, Serbia...Named Most Valuable Player of 2010 USA Water Polo Men's National Championships with the New York Athletic Club...Blocked 51 shots on the way to a fourth place finish at the 2009 FINA World Championships...Earned a Silver Medal at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China serving as starting goalkeeper...Blocked 70 shots throughout the tourney and was named to Olympic All-Star Team...Posted 37 saves as starting goalie during Silver Medal run at 2008 FINA World League Super Final...Split time in the cage at 2007 FINA World League Super Final... Led Team USA with 30 saves during 2007 Pan American Games... Starting goalkeeper at 2007 FINA World Championships...Named Best Goalkeeper at 2006 ASUA Cup... Highest number of saves in 2006 Premier League Division I...Named the Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the 2003 U.S. Cup at Stanford...Posted a game-high 13 saves against Slovakia at 2003 French International...Named as the 1st Team All-American goalkeeper with New York at the 2002 Men's Senior Nationals...Recorded 63 saves in six games during the 2002 FINA World League, including back-to-back 13-stop efforts against Russia.
In 2008-2009 played for Sibenik, Croatia, earned 3rd place in the Croatian league that year and won the Yellow Cap award for being the most consistent player in the league. Also lead this team to play in Euro league championships for the first time in club history and made it to the top 8. In 2009-2010 played for Nervi, Italy, coming to the team half way through the season with the squad in danger of dropping to divisions two. In the second half of the season he lead his team to 17 points and brought the team to the playoffs. In 2010-2011 Played for Nervi, Italy and kept his team in the first division for a second straight year.
Competed for Pepperdine University...won NCAA Championship in 1997...In 1998, he earned 1st Team All-Conference and 2nd Team All-American honors at Pepperdine...Earned 1st Team All-American distinction in 1997...Was MVP at the 1997 NCAA Championships for Pepperdine.
Currently serves as Assistant Coach for the Pepperdine Men's Water Polo Team...Co-Head Coach for Pepperdine Men's Water Polo for the 2012 season...Enjoys snowboarding, scuba diving and cooking...Played the saxophone and viola during high school...Likes having Jamba Juice before a big game because you can't be too full as a goalie... Got involved with water polo during the summer before his freshman year of water polo because he didn't want to play football in the heat.
- 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, T9TH PLACE
- 2016 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, HUIZHOU, CHINA, 2ND PLACE
- 2016 FINA INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, YOKOHAMA, JAPAN, 1ST PLACE
- 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
- 2014 FINA WORLD CUP, ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN, 4TH PLACE
- 2013 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BARCELONA, SPAIN, 9TH 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 ASUA CUP, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, 1ST PLACE
- 2006 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINALS, ATHENS, GREECE, 5TH PLACE
- 2003 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES, DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA, 8TH PLACE
- 2003 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINALS, NEW YORK, NY, 3RD PLACE
- 2003 U.S. CUP, STANFORD, CA, UNITED STATES, 2ND PLACE
- 2002 FINA WORLD CUP, BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA, 7TH PLACE
- 2002 UNICUM CUP, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, 4TH PLACE
- 2001 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, FUKUOKA, JAPAN, 7TH PLACE
- 1999 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES, PALMA DE MALLORCA SPAIN, 4TH PLACE
Favorite Movie: Gladiator
Favorite Actor: Matthew Mcconaughey
Favorite Actress: Scarlett Johansson
Favorite Songs: "Bubbly Toes" By Jack Johnson, "Ave Maria" By Andrea Bocelli
Personal Theme Song: "Lose Yourself" By Eminem, "Thunderstruck" By Ac/Dc
Favorite Musical Artists: Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Rage Against The Machine, And Damian Marley
Favorite Color: Blue
Best Present Ever Received: Convertible Chrysler Lebaron At Age 17
Best Halloween Costume: Gorilla With Red Glowing Eyes
Special Power: Time Travel
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