June 13, 2008
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. - Former California water polo standout John Mann has been selected one of 15 athletes who will compete for the USA Men's Senior National Team at the upcoming FINA World League Super Final, starting next week in Genova, Italy. The USA National Team has trimmed its training roster to 16 players as it moves closer to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Competition in the World League will begin on Monday, June 16 when Team USA competes in a match against Italy.
Following the World League Super Final the USA National Team will head to Hungary for common training. From there they will return home where the 13-man USA 2008 Olympic roster will be named on June 30.
Team captain and two-time Olympian Tony Azevedo leads off the roster of 15 headed to Italy. He will be joined by veteran and fellow two-time Olympian Ryan Bailey along with 2004 Olympians Adam Wright, Layne Beaubien, Jeff Powers, Jesse Smith and Brandon Brooks. In addition to those players will be a core group that has a good deal of experience in their own right including Mann, Merrill Moses, Rick Merlo, Pete Hudnut, Tim Hutten, Peter Varellas, Brian Alexander and JW Krumpholz
Mann, who helped power the Golden Bears to the 2006 national title, was named the winner of the 2006-07 Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation's top male collegiate water polo player. One of the top players in school history, Mann led the Bears (31-4) to both the NCAA and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in 2006. He was a three-time first-team All-America, 2006 first-team NCAA All-Tournament, 2006 MPSF Tournament MVP, 2006 All-MPSF first team and Cal's 2006-07 Pac-10 Medalist. During the 2006 season, Mann was the Bears' leading scorer with 80 goals in 33 matches and was instrumental in Cal's 6-5 win over USC in the MPSF Tournament final, and 7-6 victory over the Trojans in the NCAA title match. He finished his college career with 218 goals.
Recently released from the USA National Team training roster was Jeff Tyrrell, who was instrumental in the Bears winning back-to-back NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007. Tyrrell was named 2007 first-team NCAA Tournament and third-team All-MPSF after finishing second on the team with 50 goals in 31 matches (1.61 goals per game, 12th in the MPSF). He had three goals, two assists and forced an ejection in the NCAA Tournament and concluded the season with 42 assists, 28 steals, 20 ejections earned and seven field blocks. Tyrrell wrapped up his career with 111 goals, including the match-winning goal as time expired in the Bears' 7-6 victory over USC in the 2006 national title match.
USA National Team Training Roster Tony Azevedo Ryan Bailey Adam Wright Layne Beaubien Jesse Smith Jeff Powers Brandon Brooks Merrill Moses Rick Merlo Pete Hudnut Peter Varellas Tim Hutten John Mann Brian Alexander JW Krumpholz Genai Kerr* *Not on World League Super Final Roster