ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN – Former Golden Bear standout John Mann and future Cal star Luca Cupido both performed well for Team USA, but the Americans fell to Hungary, 7-5, Saturday in the semifinals of the 2014 FINA World Cup action in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
USA captain Mann scored two goals in the semifinal loss. Cupido, who will join Kirk Everist’s Bears following the FINA Cup competition, tallied a goal. Mann and Cupido will next play in the tournament’s third-place match, and a chance for the brone medal, Sunday versus Croatia.
On Friday, Mann was the United States’ hero in a penalty-shootout 11-9 overtime victory over Australia. Cupido also made a penalty shot during Team USA’s quarterfinal overtime victory over Australia. Luca Cupido is the younger brother of former Bear Giacomo Cupido (2010-13), joined Mann with two goals in the quarterfinal win.
One of the top players in school history, the 6-6, 250-pound Mann was a 2012 USA Olympian at the London Games and the first Bear to capture the Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation’s top collegiate water polo player in 2006. The award was named after the former Cal water polo coaching legend, Peter Cutino. As a senior in ‘06, Mann led the Bears to a 31-4 record and both the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and NCAA titles.
Luca Cupido is a 6-4, 190-pound attacker from Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy. He was a 2013 first-team high school All-American at Newport Harbor High School and was a member of Italian squads that won gold medals at the 2013 LEN Junior European Championship and the 2013 FINA Junior World Championship.