June 30, 2008
BERKELEY - Former California men's water polo standout John Mann was selected as an alternate to the U.S. men's water polo Olympic team, USA water polo announced Monday at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Mann lettered at Cal from 2003-06 and helped power the Bears to the 2006 national title.
Man was recently 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-American, 2006 first-team NCAA All-Tournament selection, 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 the Bears' 7-6 victory over the Trojans in the NCAA title match. He finished his college career with 218 goals.
Mann was a member of the U.S. team that competed at 2007 FINA World League in Berlin. The Newport Beach, Calif., native scored five goals for Team USA at the 2007 Pan American Games and nine goals to help Team USA capture gold at 2007 ASUA Tournament in Mexico City. Mann also played on the U.S. National Team that took a fourth place at Four Nations Tournament in Hamm, Germany, in March 2005, and was the leading scorer and MVP at 2004 Junior Pan American Games.