Huntington Beach, CA - July 11 - USA Water Polo Men's Senior National Team Head Coach Dejan Udovicic has announced the roster for the 2017 FINA World Championships starting this Monday in Budapest, Hungary. Seven returners from the 2016 Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are back to anchor the squad that is coming off a fourth place finish at the FINA World League Super Final last month in Russia.
Alex Obert (Loomis, CA/Pacific/NYAC) and Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC) lead Team USA into action in their third straight World Championship competition for USA Water Polo, offering the most experience of anyone on the squad. They are joined by fellow Rio Olympians McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/USC/Regency), Ben Hallock (Westlake Village, CA/Stanford/LA Premier), Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita, Italy/California/Newport), Thomas Dunstan (New Canaan, CT/USC/Regency) and Alex Roelse (Maarssen, Netherlands/UCLA/Bruin).
Chancellor Ramirez (Pasadena, CA/UCLA/NYAC) returns to the World Championship stage for the first time since 2013 and is joined by first-time participants Johnny Hooper (Los Angeles, CA/California/LA Premier), Nic Carniglia (Lodi, CA/California/Davis WPC), Marko Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA/Loyola HS (CA)/Regency), Max Irving (Long Beach, CA/UCLA/LA Water Polo) and Drew Holland (Orinda, CA/Stanford/Lamorinda).
Team USA opens play in Budapest on Monday, July 17 against Croatia at 1:50pm et/10:50am pt. From there they will take on Japan and Russia before qualification play begins on July 23. Medals will be awarded on July 29. The USA Men have never medaled in World Championship play and will look to improve upon a seventh place finish in 2015 in Kazan, Russia.
The newly launched Olympic Channel will be airing all the action from Budapest with a full broadcast schedule to be announced. For more information on The Olympic Channel, check with your local cable provider.
Be sure to follow USA Water Polo (@USAWP) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates from Budapest, Hungary throughout the tournament. For more information on the FINA World Championships, click here to visit the official homepage.
2017 FINA World Championships Roster - USA Men's National Team
1. McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/USC/Regency)
2. Johnny Hooper (Los Angeles, CA/California/LA Premier)
3. Nic Carniglia (Lodi, CA/California/Davis WPC)
4. Alex Obert (Loomis, CA/Pacific/NYAC)
5. Ben Hallock (Westlake Village, CA/Stanford/LA Premier)
6. Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita, Italy/California/Newport)
7. Thomas Dunstan (New Canaan, CT/USC/Regency)
8. Marko Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA/Loyola HS (CA)/Trojan)
9. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
10. Chancellor Ramirez (Pasadena, CA/UCLA/NYAC)
11. Alex Roelse (Maarssen, Netherlands/UCLA/Bruin)
12. Max Irving (Long Beach, CA/UCLA/LA Water Polo)
13. Drew Holland (Orinda, CA/Stanford/Lamorinda)
Head Coach: Dejan Udovicic
Assistant Coach: Alex Rodriguez
Team Manager: Lori Verdegaal
2017 FINA World Championship Schedule (time subject to change)
July 17 vs Croatia 1:50pm et/10:50am pt
July 19 vs Japan 12:30pm et/9:30am pt
July 21 vs Russia 7:10am et/4:10am pt
July 23 vs TBD (qualification)
July 25 vs TBD (quarterfinals)
July 27 vs TBD (semifinals)
July 29 vs TBD (finals)
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