New York Athletic Club Men's Water Polo Team defends goal

Athlete Bios

  • Tony Azevedo


    • Position: Attacker
      Height: 6’1’’
      Weight: 195 lbs.
      Hometown: Long Beach, CA
      Education: Stanford 2005
      Club: Bissolatti Cremona, Jug Dubrovnik, New York Athletic Club
      Birthday: 11/21/81
      Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

      INTERNATIONAL/CLUB

      Tallied four goals at the 2007 FINA World League Super Final…Led Team USA with 15 goals en route to Gold Medal at 2007 Pan American Games in his native Brazil…Named Top Scorer at 2007 World Championships in Melbourne after tallying 19 goals despite not advancing to the medal rounds…USOC Athlete of the Year three times...Led the team with 18 goals at the 2005 FINA World League and 13 at the 2005 FINA World Championships… Ranked 2nd in scoring percentage at the 2005 FINA World Championships…. Led the U.S. with 15 goals (ranked 2nd overall) at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece including a hat trick to help the team qualify for the 7th place game...Became one of the highest paid players in water polo when he signed to play professionally for Italian club team, Bissolati Cremona...Scored a tournament high 33 goals during the 2003 Pan American Games... Finished as the top scorer in the FINA World League with 12 goals...Led the team in scoring at 2003 U.S. Cup with eight, including three versus Australia… Was named as the world’s seventh-best male athlete in the June 2003 edition of Men’s Journal…Scored 12 goals in four games in Team USA’s first place finish at 2003 French International…Led Team USA in scoring with 29 goals in the first year of the FINA World League, including seven in the season opener against Croatia in Los Alamitos (Calif.)…Was sixth in the league in scoring, but was only player in top six that didn’t advance to the Super Final…Was the only U.S. player to net at least one goal in each game…Leading scorer at the 2001 World Championships in Japan…Led team in scoring with 14 goals in Japan despite playing with a broken ear drum…Scored 13 goals in outstanding Olympic debut at the Sydney Games in 2000, the fourth highest scorer in the world...Selected by color commentator Jim Kruse for NBC’s All-World Team following Olympics...Was the high scorer at the Pan American Junior Water Polo Championships in 1998.

      PROFESSIONAL

      Led Bissolatti Cremona in scoring for the 2005-2006 season in Cremona, Italy…First in scoring in all of Italy for the 2006 season.

      COLLEGE

      Became the first-ever player to win the prestigious Peter J. Cutino award four consecutive years...Was awarded First-Team All-American honors from 2001-2004...Named MPSF Player of the Year four consecutive years from 2001-2004...Named the 2004 American Water Polo Coaches Association Player of the Year for the fourth straight season... Mountain Pacific Federation four-time winner... Named co-Player of the Year in 2003 NCAA tournament...Scored 80 goals in his senior season...Shattered the prior record by over 100 goals when he became Stanford’s all-time top scorer with 332 goals…Was named as the Player of the Year at 2002 NCAA Tournament…Scored 95 goals in 2002, becoming Stanford’s top single-season scorer…In 2001, he earned NCAA Player of the Year and All-American Player of the Year…Voted the 2001 NCAA Tournament MVP…Voted Co-MVP of the 2001 MPSF Tournament…Named MPSF Player of the Week twice…Winner of the Stanford Block “S” Freshman Award…The nation’s leading scorer with 68 goals, which was a freshman school record and ninth-best in school history.

      HIGH SCHOOL

      Earned All-American as well as All-Academic Team honors from 1996-99 at Wilson High School in Long Beach, CA...Selected to All-CIF Team from 1996-99 and was CIF Player of the Year three times…Father Rick was an assistant National Team coach in 2004 and coached Tony throughout his age group career and during his first three years at Long Beach Wilson.

      PERSONAL

      Biggest influence in water polo is his father, Rick Azevedo, former Men’s National Team Coach…Sister, Cassie, was a stand-out water polo player at Cal State Long Beach and now plays professional water polo in Italy...Favorite musical artists are Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen...Says he plays water polo “to win a gold medal for the USA.”… Admits his most embarrassing water polo moment was when he was holding his MVP tournament trophy and broke it
      while on the podium….Favorite pre-game meal is Pasta Pomodoro.

      INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

      2007 FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany 5th Place
      2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janiero, 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
      2005 FINA World Championships, Montreal, Canada, 11th place
      2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 7th place
      2004 Torneo di Napoli, Naples, Italy, 3rd place
      2003 FINA World League Super Finals, New York, NY, 3rd place
      2003 Pan American Games, Dominican Republic, 1st place
      2003 FINA World Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 6th place
      2003 U.S. Cup, Stanford, CA, United States, 2nd place
      2003 French International, Nice, France, 1st place
      2002 FINA World Cup, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 7th place
      2002 Tristar International, Kranj, Slovenia, 3rd place
      2002 Eight-Nations Tournament, Nice, France, 3rd place
      2001 FINA World Championships, Fukuoka, Japan, 7th place
      2001 Poseidon Cup, Athens, Greece, 5th place
      2001 Pan American Qualification Tournament, Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep., 1st place
      2000 Olympic Games, Sydney, Australia, 6th place

      Fun Facts

      Favorite Food: Sushi
      Favorite Movie: Last of the Mohicans
      Favorite Actor: Clint Eastwood
      Favorite Actress: Penelope Cruz
      Favorite Songs: “Alive” by Peal Jam and “Come out and Play” by Offspring
      Personal Theme Song: Hawaii 5-0 Theme Song
      Favorite Musical Artists: Pearl Jam, Hot Chip, Pete Yorn
      Favorite Color: Blue
      Best Present Ever Received: Computer from grandmother
      Best Halloween Costume: Zombie
      Special Power: To be fluent in every language that has ever exsisted

      Favorite Quote: “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his” – George S. Patton

      Etcetera

      Favorite sport to play is baseball after water polo…the best thing about water polo is it’s the toughest sport in the world where one has to focus, think. It combines mental and physical aspects more so than any other sport…Got into water polo through his father a longtime coach and has never stopped loving the game…winning as a team is the most amazing feat
  • Layne Beaubien


    • Position: Defender
      Height: 6’6"
      Weight: 220 lbs.
      Hometown: Coronado, CA
      Education: Stanford 1999
      Club: New York Athletic Club, CN Marseille
      Birthday: 7/4/76
      Prithplace: Coronado, CA

      One of the sport’s top center defenders…Boasts one of the strongest shooting arms on the National Team…Hit for seven goals at the 2007 FINA World League Super Final including three in a victory over China…Recorded five goals at the 2007 Pan American Games…a 2004 Olympian…Two-time Pan American gold medalists….Has played professionally overseas in Hungary, Greece, and France…He was the first American to play in Hungarian professional league with KSI of Budapest in 1999-2000…Captained the US team at 1999 World University Games

      PROFESSIONAL

      Plays for CN Marseille

      COLLEGE


      Earned All-American honors following 1998 and 1997 seasons, and was selected MPSF Co-MVP in 1998.

      HIGH SCHOOL


      Attended Coronado High School in California…Began playing water polo because it was the only successful sport at his high school.

      PERSONAL


      Enjoys reading, writing and exploring…Best water polo experience was when he represented the USA on the World All-Star Team in Hungary and in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games…Took a year off from school at Stanford to travel through Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America… Favorite movies are Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Hatari.

      INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS


      2007 FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany 5th Place
      2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janiero, 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
      2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 7th place
      2003 FINA World League Super Finals, New York, NY, 3rd place
      2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1st place
      2003 FINA World Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 6th place
      2003 U.S. Cup, Stanford, CA, United States, 2nd place
      2003 French Open, Nice, France, 1st place
      2002 FINA World Cup, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 7th place
      2001 FINA World Championships, Fukuoka, Japan,7th place
      1999 World University Games, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 4th place

      Fun Facts


      Favorite Food: Greek
      Favorite Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Hatari!
      Favorite Actor: Phillip Seymour Hoffman
      Favorite Actress: Scarlett Johansson
      Favorite Song: Too Hard To Handle by Otis Redding
      Favorite Musical Artists: Bad Brains, Fugazi, and Israel Vibration
      Best Present Ever Received: Tickets to NBA All-Star Weekend in Miami with his dad
  • Natalie Golda


    • Position: Defender, Utility
      Height: 5’11’’
      Weight: 180 lbs.
      Education: UCLA 2006
      Club: New York Athletic Club
      Birthday: 12/28/81
      Birthplace: Lakewood, CA
      Hometown: Fullerton, CA
      Residence: Long Beach, CA

      INTERNATIONAL/CLUB

      Led the team in scoring with 12 goals at 2007 Holiday Cup…Lit the proverbial lamp 11 times during 2007 Pan American Games… Scored three goals during Super Final 2007… Scored two goals in the semi-final game of the 2007 World Championships and was instrumental in the U.S. gold medal finish…Helped Team USA capture 2006 FINA World League and Holiday Cup titles… Led the team along with van Norman with 12 goals at the 2005 FINA World League….Led Team USA out of a slump with the team’s first goal in the 2004 Olympics Bronze medal victory… Scored in two games at the 2003 Pan American Games, where the USA won gold to qualify for the Athens Olympics...Had four goals at the 2003 World Championships... Has been involved with the U.S.A. National Team since 1998 when she was on the Youth National Team…Stepped up to the Senior National Team in 2003… Is one of the program’s strongest players…Has been included in the Speedo Top 40 Tournament since 2003.

      PROFESSIONAL

      Joined Glyfada, a Greek club team, for the end of season play offs in 2006

      COLLEGE

      Received PAC-10 medal in 2006… 2005 AWPCA Player of the Year, AWPCA First Team All-American, NCAA and MPSF Tournament MVP, First Team All-NCAA and All-MPSF Tournaments, First Team All-MPSF, MPSF Co-Player of the Year and Academic All-MPSF… Finished the 2005 season with 47 goals and her career with 158 goals, third-most in UCLA history...Awarded 2005 Peter J. Cutino Award (Collegiate Water Polo MVP)… Was a member of UCLA’s 2001, 2003 and 2005 NCAA championship teams and was assistant coach for the 2006 team.. Named to the 1st team at the 2003 NCAA and MPSF tournaments... 1st team All-American in 2003 and Honorable Mention All-American in 2002...Co-led the 2002 Bruins in scoring with 37 goals...Named to both NCAA and MPSF All-Tournament Teams.

      HIGH SCHOOL

      Named CIF Division III Player of the Year her junior and senior years at Rosary High School, which won the CIF Championship in 1998 and 1999... 1st Team All-County…OC Register Athlete of the Year.

      PERSONAL

      Played softball for 14 years and loves being part of a team… Started playing water polo in 1996…Younger brother plays water polo at the high school level…Served as the Student Assistant Coach for UCLA through the 2006 season… Describes best water polo moment as winning an Olympic Medal in the 2004 Olympics…Favorite movies are Bull Durham.

      INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

      2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
      2007 FINA World League Super Final, Montreal, Canada, 1st place
      2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 1st place
      2006 Holiday Cup, Los Alamitos, CA , 1st place
      2006 FINA World Cup, Tianjin, China, 4th place
      2006 FINA World League, Cosenza, Italy, 1st place
      2005 FINA World Championships, Montreal, Canada, 2nd place
      2005 FINA World League, Kirishi, Russia, 5th place
      2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 3rd place
      2004 FINA World League Series, Long Beach, CA, 1st place
      2004 Holiday Cup, La Jolla, CA, 1st place
      2003 Holiday Cup, Los Alamitos, CA, 1st place
      2003 Pan American Games, Dominican Republic, 1st place
      2003 FINA World Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 1st place
      2001 Junior World Championships, Perth, Australia, 1st place

      “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
      -John Wooden

      Fun Facts About Natalie

      Favorite Food: Wahoo’s
      Favortie Movie: Bull Durham
      Favorite Songs: “World Hold On” by Bob Sinclair and “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison
      Personal Theme Song: “Staring at the Sun” by TV on the Radio
      Favorite Musicians: Interpol, Thievery Corporation, Slightly Stoopid
      Favorite Color: Blue and Pink
      Facebook or Myspace: Facebook
      Best Present Ever Received: Engagement Ring
      Best Halloween Costume: Child’s Penguin Suit
      Magical Power if Available: The ability to morph into any object or animal
      Sport to play other than water polo: Softball (played through High School)

      Etcetera

      Likes to help needy families during the holidays…Enjoys water polo because there is a never a dull moment…finds it fulfilling to watch training pay off…Got started playing water polo by older brother (Nick)…keeps playing because of a desire to be the best…feels she is just realizing her potential
  • John Mann


    • Position: Center
      Height: 6’5’’
      Weight: 240 lbs.
      Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
      Education: UC Berkeley 2007
      Club: New York Athletic Club
      Birthday: 6/27/85
      Birthplace: Beverly Hills, CA

      INTERNATIONAL/CLUB

      Member of the team that competed at the 2007 FINA World League in Berline…Scored five goals at the 2007 Pan American Games…Was the tournament MVP and a first-team All-American at the 2005 20-Under National Championship, leading the Lamorinda water polo club to a gold medal in Davis, Calif....Was a first-team All-American at the Men's Senior Nationals, helping Lamorinda to a bronze medal...Scored nine goals as Team USA captured the gold medal last April at the ASUA Tournament in Mexico City...Helped the United States National Team to a fourth place finish at the Four Nations Tournament in Hamm, Germany last March in 2005...Leading scorer and MVP at the 2004 Junior Pan American Games…Was a member of the USA Junior National Team that traveled to the Junior World Championships in Naples, Italy in 2003...Scored 10 goals for Team USA at the Junior World Championships… Led the United States to a gold medal with a team-high 20 goals at the 2003 Junior Pan American Games in San
      Salvador, El Salvador.

      COLLEGE

      2006 Collegiate Player of the Year…2006 Cutino Award Winner…named 1st Team All-American, All MPSF, and the MVP of the MPSF Tournament in 2006…Voted First Team All-American and All-MPSF honors in 2004 and 2005, leading the Bears in scoring for 2005 ... In 2003, finished with 22 goals as a true freshman and was the Bears' top scorer in six matches... Scored a goal against eventual national champion USC in the Bears' overtime victory in the semifinals of the Stanford Invitational in 2003...Tallied goals against Long Beach State and USC in the MPSF Tournament...Was featured as a top freshman athlete in the Sept. 9, 2003 and Mar. 25, 2004 issues of Sports Illustrated's On Campus

      HIGH SCHOOL

      Led Corona del Mar High School to the CIF Southern Section championship game in 2002, while earning first-team
      All-CIF and first-team All-America honors...Was also the Orange County Player of the Year, scoring 109 goals as a senior...Competed
      three years on the varsity swim team that won three CIF Titles.

      PERSONAL

      International Relations major...father, John, played football at Purdue...parents are John and Dianna Mann…Favorite
      pre-game meal is steel cut outs and melon…Favorite movies are Wedding Crashers and Old School.

      INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

      2007 FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany 5th Place
      2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 1st Place
      2005 Four Nations Tournament in Hamm, Germany, 4th place
      2005 ASUA Cup Mexico City, Mexico, 1st place
      2004 Junior Pan American Games in San Salvador, El Salvador, 1st place
      2003 Junior World Championships in Naples, Italy, 11th place
      2002 Junior Pan American Games, Boca Raton, FL, 1st place

      Fun Facts

      Favorite Food: Steak
      Favorite Movie: Gladiator
      Favorite Actor: Jack Nicholson
      Favorite Actress: Jessica Biel
      Favorite Songs: “Atomic Punk” by Van Halen, “I Believe” by Simian Mobile Disco
      Personal Theme Song: “Atomic Punk” by Van Halen
      Favorite Musical Artists: 2Pac, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughn
      Favorite Color: Black and Blue
      Best Present Ever Received: Surfboard at age 12
      Best Halloween Costume: Ace Venture
      Special Power: To read minds

      Favorite Quote

      The poem “Invictus” by Henley

      Etcetera

      Would play football if not for water polo…best thing about water polo are his teammates…started playing because it was the only sport his high school was dominant at and he loves to compete.
  • Rick Merlo


    • Position: 2 Meter Defense
      Height: 6’3”
      Weight: 220
      Hometown: Fresno, CA
      Education: UC-Irvine 2005
      Club: New York Athletic Club
      Birthday: 8/5/82
      Birthplace: Fresno, CA

      INTERNATIONAL/CLUB

      Member of the 2007 World Championships team in Melbourne, Australia…Took part in the 2006 World League…Played in the 2005 and 2006 World League…Member of the 2005 World Championships team…Participant at the 2003 World University Games

      PROFESSIONAL

      Played professionally in Italy in 2005-2006…Played for Genova Italy Nervi in 2006-2007…Played profesioanlly in Brazil in 2007

      COLLEGE

      1st Team All-American, 1st Team All MPSF, and Scholar Athlete in 2005…Named 3rd Team All-American and 2nd Team All-MPSF in 2004

      HIGH SCHOOL

      CIF Champion at Buchanan High School in 1997 and 2000…Named CIF MPV, 1st Team All-American, All-League, and All-CIF in 2000


      INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

      2007 World Championships, Melbourne, Australia 9th Place
      2006 World League Super Final
      2005 World League Super Final
      2005 World Championships, Montreal, Canada 6th Place
      2003 World University Games

      Fun Facts

      Favorite Food: Italian Food from Italy
      Favorite Movie: Goal 1 and 2
      Favorite Actor: Brad Pitt
      Favorite Songs: All Daft Punk Songs
      Favorite Musical Artists: AFI, Daft Punk, DJ Shadow, and Jack Johnson
      Favorite Color: Blue
      Best Halloween Costume: Ricky Bobby
      Magical Power: To Fly

      Favorite Quote

      “There is no off switch”

      Etcetera

      Enjoys volleyball and soccer outside of water polo…best thing about water polo is the team…got involved with the sport through his brother and playing with the team keeps him involved in the sport
  • Merrill Moses


    • Position: Goalkeeper
      Height: 6’3”
      Weight: 215 lbs.
      Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
      Education: Pepperdine 2000
      Club: New York Athletic Club
      Birthday: 8/13/77
      Birthplace: Harbor City, CA

      INTERNATIONAL/CLUB

      Is one of the most exciting goalkeepers in the game today…Is explosive to both sides of the cage…Known for his vocal leadership in the pool as well as his game play…Split time in the cage at the 2007 FINA World League Super Final…Led Team USA with 30 saves during the 2007 Pan American Games…Named Best Goalkeeper at 2006 ASUA Cup… Highest number of saves in 2006 Premier League Division I… Named 2007 MVP for the New York Athletic Club…Was 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…Was named as the 1st Team All-American goalkeeper with New York at the 2002 Men’s Senior Nationals…Had 63 saves in six games during the 2002 FINA World League,
      including back-to-back 13-stop efforts against Russia.

      PROFESSIONAL

      Played in the Spanish professional league in 2000-01 with Olivar of Zaragosa, Spain.

      COLLEGE

      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.

      PERSONAL

      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 high school because he didn’t want to play football in the heat.

      INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

      2007 FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany 5th Place
      2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janiero, 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

      Fun Facts

      Favorite Food: Salmon
      Favorite Movie: Gladiator
      Favorite Actor: Matthew McConaughey
      Favorite Actress: Scarlett Johannsen
      Favorite Songs: “Bubbly Toes” by Jack Johnson, “Ave Marie” by Andrea Bocelli
      Personal Theme Song: “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
  • Heather Petri


    • Position: Attacker
      Height: 5’11’’
      Weight: 155 lbs.
      Education: UC Berkeley 2002
      Club: New York Athletic Club, Rari Nantes, (ITA)
      Birthday: 6/13/78
      Birthplace: Oakland, CA
      Hometown: Orinda, CA
      Residence: Long Beach, CA

      INTERNATIONAL/CLUB

      Scored five goals during 2007 Holiday Cup…Put home two goals during 2007 Pan American Games …Netted five goals at Super Final 2007 …Helped Team USA win gold at the 2007 World Championships, 2006 Holiday Cup and 2006 FINA World League…Scored in the USA’s gold-medal win over Canada at the 2003 Pan American Games to qualify for the Athens Olympics...Had four goals at Pan Ams...Saw a lot of playing time at the 2003 World Championships and scored in the USA’s semifinal win over Russia before the USA claimed the gold medal...Netted four goals at 2002 FINA World Cup...Olympic Silver Medalist at 2000 Sydney Games... Began training with the national team on 1998…chosen at the last minute to train with the National Team for the 2000 Olympics… Is a strong contributor on both offense and defense for Team USA...Adds tremendous speed to the USA lineup...A member of the Golden Bear Summer National Club Championship teams in 1998 and 1999.

      PROFESSIONAL


      Played for Rari Nantes in Florence, Italy during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons.

      COLLEGE

      Was a Collegiate All-American in 1999...Earned 1st Team All-Regional Qualifier...2nd Team MPSF, 1st Team MPSF Tournament and 1st Team All-National honors in 1999...Was named Team Captain at Cal Berkeley during the 1999 and 2001 seasons...Was fourth on the team in scoring with 33 goals in 199...Was a member of the 1997 and 1998 Cal Berkeley Collegiate National Teams which placed second in each season.

      HIGH SCHOOL

      Was a founding member of Miramonte High School’s first girls water polo team after having played on the boys team...Helped Miramonte win the North Coast section title her senior year...Served as a two-time captain of the water polo and swim teams at Miramonte...Was a Senior National swimmer with Walnut Creek Aquabears.

      PERSONAL

      Petri is known as “Petie” among her friends and teammates…One of the most experienced players on the National Team…Parents are Charlie and Karen Petri…Hobbies include photography, drinking coffee with friends and traveling…Happiest moments in sports were winning gold two-times at the World Championships.

      INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

      2007 FINA World League Super Final, Montreal, Canada, 1st place
      2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 1st place
      2006 Holiday Cup, Los Alamitos, CA , 1st place
      2006 FINA World Cup, Tianjin, China, 4th place
      2006 FINA World League, Cosenza, Italy, 1st place
      2005 FINA World Championships, Montreal, Canada, 2nd place
      2005 FINA World League, 5th place
      2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 3rd place
      2004 Holiday Cup, La Jolla, CA, 1st place
      2004 FINA World League Series, Long Beach, CA, 1st place
      2003 Holiday Cup, Los Alamitos, CA, 1st place
      2003 Pan American Games, Dominican Republic, 1st place
      2003 World Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 1st place
      2002 FINA World Cup, Perth, Australia, 2nd place
      2002 Holiday Cup, Palo Alto, United States, 1st place
      2002 USA Cup, Chicago, United States, 3rd place
      2001 FINA World Championships, Fukuoka, Japan, 4th place
      2001 Holiday Cup, Los Alamitos, United States, 1st place
      2000 Olympic Games, Sydney, Australia, 2nd place
      2000 Olympic Qualification Tournament, Palermo, Sicily, 2nd place
      2000 Holiday Cup, Los Alamitos, CA, 1st place

      “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
      -Helen Keller

      Fun Facts

      Favorite Food: Breakfast Food (eggs, pancakes, hash browns, French toast, bacon, etc.)
      Favorite Movie: Too many to pick
      Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt
      Favorite Actress: Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, and Reese Witherspoon
      Favorite Songs: “Magic” by Colbie Caillat, “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts, “Holes to Heaven” by Jack Johnson, “The Way I Are” by Timbaland
      Personal Theme Song: “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye
      Favorite Musicians: Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Colbie Caillat, KT Tunstall
      Favorite Color: Aquamarine Blue
      Facebook or Myspace: Facebook
      Best Present Ever Received: Kitten
      Best Halloween Costume: Baby bear of Goldie Locks and the three bears
      Magical Power if Available: Fly (save money on gas)
      Sport to play other than water polo: Swimming or Soccer

      Etcetera

      Supports Breast Cancer awareness and Green Awareness (earth)…Started playing water polo with boys…helped start a girls team…keeps playing because she is still learning how to improve her skills…best part of water polo are the horses (sic)…Hopes to one day be on the Oprah show or Ellen DeGeneres show…Would like to be on a Wheaties Box…Would like to travel the USA in an RV and visit every state
  • Jesse Smith


    • Position: Utility
      Height: 6’4’’
      Weight: 240 lbs.
      Homwtown: Coronado, CA
      Education: Pepperdine 2005
      Club: Mladost
      Birthday: 4/27/83
      Birthplace: Kilua, HI

      INTERNATIONAL/CLUB

      Has drawn acclaim as one of the game’s most naturally gifted athletes…Scored on four occasions at the 2007 FINA World League Super Final…Tallied eight goals at the 2007 Pan American Games including four in the tourney opening win over Brazil…Part of the 2006 and 2007 FINA World League Super Final squads…Won a Gold Medal at the 2007 Pan American Games…Member of the 2007 World Championship team…Scored six goals for Team USA at the 2005 FINA World Championships…Was one of the U.S.A.’s top scorers at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece...Scored 9 goals at the 2004 Summer Olympics, including two goals in his Olympic debut against Croatia and a three-goal performance against Italy to clinch 7th Place for the U.S....Made a splash in 2002 as an exciting passer, scorer and defender…Scored in three games at the 2003 Pan American Games...Had four goals in the finals of the 2003 World Championships...Was named as the Top Defender at the 2003 American Water Polo League finals for Newport…Finished fourth on the team with nine goals in the 2002 FINA World League……Made senior National Team debut at the 2001 Canada Cup, in Calgary.

      PROFESSIONAL

      Spent the 2005/2006 season playing for Ethnikos Pireus in Greece

      COLLEGE

      Played at Pepperdine University... A Division I First-Team All-American in 2004…A First-Team MPSF pick in 2002...First-Team All-American in 2002...Led the Waves with 55 goals in 2003.

      HIGH SCHOOL

      A graduate of Coronado High School in Coronado, CA... Helped Coronado to three San Diego Section CIF Division II championships in 1998, 1999 and 2000...Named San Diego Union Tribune Player of the Year in both 1999 and 2000.

      PERSONAL

      Favorite foods range from sushi to carrots...Enjoys hiking.

      INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

      2007 FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany 5th Place
      2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 1st Place
      2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 9th Place
      2006 FINA World League Super Finals, Athens, Greece, 5th Place
      2005 FINA World Championships, Montreal, Canada, 11th place
      2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 7th place
      2004 Torneo di Napoli, Naples, Italy, 3rd place
      2003 FINA World League Super Finals, New York, NY, 3rd place
      2003 Pan American Games, Dominican Republic, 1st place
      2003 FINA World Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 6th place
      2003 Jobo Curtini Tournament, Rijeka, Croatia, 3rd place
      2003 U.S. Cup, Stanford, CA, United States, 2nd place
      2003 French International, Nice, France, 1st place
      2002 FINA World Cup, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 7th place
      2002 Unicum Cup, Budapest, Hungary, 4th place
      2002 Tristar International, Kranj, Slovenia, 3rd place
      2002 Eight-Nations Tournament, Nice, France, 3rd place
      2001 Pan American Qualifying Tournament, Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep., 1st place
      2000 Junior Pan American Championships, Barqisimieto, Venezuela, 1st place

      Fun Facts

      Favorite Food: Sushi
      Favorite Movie: Stardust
      Favorite Actor: Clint Eastwood
      Favorite Actress: Angelina Jolie
      Favorite Song: Johnny Be Good
      Favorite Musical Artists: Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Clash
      Favorite Color: Blue
      Best Present Ever Received: A kiss from his wife
      Best Halloween Costume: Dressed up as a shrub with a friend
  • Moriah Van Norman


    • Position: Center
      Height: 5’10’’
      Weight: 185 lbs.
      Education: USC 2006
      Club: New York Athletic Club
      Birhtday: 5/30/84
      Birthplace: San Diego, CA
      Hometown: San Diego, CA
      Residence: Long Beach, CA

      INTERNATIONAL/CLUB

      Found the net three times during the 2007 Holiday Cup…Scored 11 goals at 2007 Pan American Games…Tallied two scores at Super Final 2007…Delivered the first goal of the match for Team USA in the gold-medal 2007 FINA World Championship game against Australia, finishing the tournament with four goals…Pivotal in both 2006 FINA World League and 2006 Holiday Cup gold medal finishes… Proved her outstanding skills as one of the world’s top centers at the 2005 FINA World Championships, helping to lead Team USA to a silver medal…Scored two goals for the U.S. Team in the Championship game against Hungary and four goals from center in the tournament…Co-led the team in scoring at the 2005 FINA World League Series with 12 goals…Played on the championship teams at the 2003 Junior World Championships and 2002 Pan American Games…Went to Holland in 2002 as a member of the U.S. ‘B’ Team.

      COLLEGE

      Selected to the All-MPSF First Team and ACWPC All-American First Team in 2006…Scored 52 goals for USC during her senior season and concluded the year among the Trojan’s top five all-time scorers with 175 goals and helping her team to the NCAA Championship game (2nd place)… As a sophomore, became the second player in USC women's water polo history to win the Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation's top collegiate women's player...In leading the Women of Troy to the national championship, Van Norman was named as MPSF Player of the Year and earned All-America and All-MPSF first team honors...Earned NCAA All-Tournament first team honors... Earned All-America and All-MPSF second team honors in her 2003 freshman season after leading the team in scoring with 65 goals.

      HIGH SCHOOL

      She earned four-time All-American honors at University High in San Diego, Calif... Member of San Diego Hall of Champions...Named CIF Player of the Year and league most valuable player in her senior season.

      PERSONAL

      Majored in English...Parents are James and Marsha...She also has two brothers Josh and Jordan and younger sister, Sarah...Favorite movie is Dirty Dancing…Her happiest moment was winning the 2007 World Championships…Her goal is to represent Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games.

      INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

      2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
      2007 FINA World League Super Final, Montreal, Canada, 1st place
      2007 FINA World League Super Final, Montreal, Canada, 1st place
      2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
      2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 1st place
      2006 Holiday Cup, Los Alamitos, CA , 1st place
      2006 FINA World Cup, Tianjin, China, 4th place
      2006 FINA World League, Cosenza, Italy, 1st place
      2005 FINA World Championships, Montreal, Canada, 2nd place
      2005 FINA World League, Kirishi, Russia, 5th place
      2003 FINA Junior World Championships, Calgary, Canada, 2nd place
      2003 Holiday Cup, Los Alamitos, CA, 1st place
      2002 Junior Pan American Games, 1st place

      “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must be faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up and knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.”

      Fun Facts

      Favorite Food: Mexican
      Favortie Movie: Dirty Dancing
      Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington
      Favorite Actress: Julia Roberts
      Favorite Songs: “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC
      Personal Theme Song: “In Da Club” by 50 Cent
      Favorite Musicians: Boston, AC/DC, Tom Petty, Mary J. Blige
      Favorite Color: Black
      Facebook or Myspace: Neither
      Coolest Person You Know: Kyle Kopp/Guy Baker (tie)
      Best Present Ever Received: A “Hope” Rose
      Best Halloween Costume: A Unicorn
      Magical Power if Available: Flying
      Famous Friend or Relative: Lauren Wenger
      Sport to play other than water polo: Handball

      Etcetera

      Supports Breast Cancer Research and Feed the Children/Team Darfur…Best thing about water polo are the friendships and the running and swimming…Got involved with water polo by swimming first and stays with the sport because of a love for the competitiveness and physicality of the game.
  • Lauren Wengere
    • Position: All-Around
      Height: 6’3’’
      Weight: 170 lbs.
      Education: USC 2006
      Club: New York Athletic Club, Olympiakos (GRE)
      Birthday: 3/11/84
      Birthplace: Anaheim, CA
      Hometown: Long Beach, CA
      Residence: Long Beach, CA

      INTERNATIONAL/CLUB

      Hit for five goals during the 2007 Holiday Cup…Tied for team lead with 12 goals at 2007 Pan American Games…Led team with seven goals at Super Final 2007…Scored 11 goals for the USA at the 2007 FINA World Championships and named MVP for her solid performance…Instrumental in gold medal finish at 2006 Holiday Cup and FINA World League…Played a key role in USA’s silver medal finish at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal, Canada…Scored the first goal against Hungary in the gold medal match of the 2005 World Championships… Was among the top 20 scorers in the 2005 World Championships… Wenger has worked her way up through the National Team Program since 2000… Known as one of the top defenders in the country…Spent two years on the Youth National Team, one year on the Junior National Team and has been on the Senior National Team since 2005… Made her international debut at the 2003 Junior World Championships where Team USA brought home silver.

      PROFESSIONAL

      Played her first international season for Olympiakos in Greece in 2006/2007 before returning home for World Championships.

      COLLEGE

      Led USC to a NCAA 2nd Place finish during her senior season (2006)… Named the 2006 Peter J. Cutino Award Winner, collegiate water polo’s most valuable player award…No. eight all-time scorer for USC with 127 career goals (37 in 2006)...Selected to the 2006 All-MPSF First Team, the NCAA All-Tournament First Team and the ACWPC All-American First Team… As a 2004 sophomore, Wenger scored 19 goals...Earned NCAA All-Tournament second team honors. Wenger finished fifth on the team in scoring with 27 goals in her 2003 freshman season...Led the team with two goals in a 7-6 overtime loss on April 26 against UCLA at the MPSF Championship...Scored three goals in an 11-9 win on Feb. 2 against UC Santa Barbara.

      HIGH SCHOOL

      She earned All-America honors at Wilson High in Long Beach, Calif...Earned All-CIF and all-league first team honors...Trained with the 2002 Youth National Team…Earned scholar-athlete award all four years.

      PERSONAL

      She majored in policy, planning and development...parents are Steve and Janet...her sister, Jana, also played for USC…Brother is a rescue boat operator for Long Beach Fire/Lifeguard Department…Lists her favorite movie as Top Gun.

      INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

      2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
      2007 FINA World League Super Final, Montreal, Canada, 1st place
      2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 1st place
      2006 Holiday Cup, Los Alamitos, CA , 1st place
      2006 FINA World Cup, Tianjin, China, 4th place
      2006 FINA World League, Cosenza, Italy, 1st place
      2005 FINA World Championships, Montreal, Canada, 2nd place
      2003 FINA Junior World Championships, Calgary, Canada, 2nd place

      “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision!”
      -Muhammad Ali

      Fun Facts

      Favorite Food: Sushi
      Favortie Movie: Top Gun
      Favorite Actor: George Clooney, Joaquin Phoenix
      Favorite Actress: Julia Roberts
      Favorite Songs: Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
      Personal Theme Song: “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
      Favorite Musicians: Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Mary J Blige, and The Outifield
      Favorite Color: Red
      Facebook or Myspace: Facebook
      Coolest People You Know: Older Brother and Younger Sister
      Best Present Ever Received: Father Surviving a Heart Attack
      Best Halloween Costume: Purple Care Bear at Age 5
      Magical Power if Available: To Control Time, Speed Up or Slow Down
      Famous Friends or Relatives: Sister Dates Lou Ferrigno Jr. (son of the Incredible Hulk)
      Sport to play other than water polo: Beach Volleyball

      Etcetera

      Supports the campaign for Breast Cancer Research as grandmother passed away from breast cancer…Best thing about water polo are the friendships and relationships that are made…the tough times and good times make new and old friendships that much better…Father played water polo and introduced her and her siblings to the game…Thought of being an Olympian serves as motivation in addition playing at a high level and traveling the world is an added incentive
  • Adam Wright


    • Position: Attacker
      Height: 6’3’’
      Weight: 195 lbs.
      Hometown: Seal Beach, CA
      Education: UCLA 2001
      Club: New York Athletic Club, Bissolati Cremona
      Birthday: 5/4/77
      Birthplace: Huntington Beach, CA

      INTERNATIONAL/CLUB

      One of the most experienced members of the Senior National Team with nearly 15 years of involvement… Threat at both ends of the pool with tough defense and good scoring ability...Scored four goals apiece at the 2007 FINA World League Super Final and 2007 Pan American Games…Scored four goals for Team USA in the 2005 FINA World Championships...Scored a goal against Russia at the 2004 Olympic Games...Scored in six games and led Team USA with five goals at the 2003 World Championships...Netted four goals at 2003 U.S. Cup...Had four goals, including three in one game, at the 2003 French International…First became involved with the National Team in 1997.

      PROFESSIONAL

      Joined Civitavecchia in Italy for 2006 season...Spent the 2005/2006 season in Sicily, Italy playing for Nuoto Catania….Played for Dynamo in Moscow, Russia in 2004-2005 with U.S. teammate Ryan Bailey. In 2007 joined Bissolati Cremona

      COLLEGE

      Named collegiate All-American and All-MPSF athlete in four straight seasons at UCLA...Was a member of the 1999 and 2000 UCLA Bruins National Championship teams....Led the Bruins with 27 assists in 1999.

      HIGH SCHOOL

      Played at Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif...Was named the 1995 CIF Division I Player of the Year...Member of the 1994 Division I CIF Championship team...Awarded High School All-American honors in three seasons...Notched 309 career goals at Wilson.

      PERSONAL

      Favorite foods include sushi and Mexican...If he weren’t playing water polo, he would pursue baseball...Cites his parents, brother and Klaus Barth as his biggest influences…Loved traveling to Cuba and Hong Kong with water polo… Married in 2006.

      INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

      2007 FINA World League Super Final, Berlin, Germany 5th Place
      2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 1st Place
      2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 9th Place
      2006 FINA World League Super Finals, Athens, Greece, 5th Place
      2005 FINA World Championships, Montreal, Canada, 11th place
      2005 ASUA Cup Mexico City, Mexico, 1st place
      2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 7th place
      2004 Torneo di Napoli, Naples, Italy, 3rd place
      2003 FINA World League Super Finals, New York, NY, 3rd place
      2003 FINA World Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 6th place
      2003 U.S. Cup, Stanford, CA United States, 2nd place
      2002 FINA World Cup, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 7th place
      2001 FINA World Championships, Fukuoka, Japan, 7th place
      2000 UPS Cup, Los Alamitos, United States (USA “B”), 6th place
      1999 World University Games, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 4th place

      Fun Facts

      Favorite Food: Italian
      Favorite Movie: Die Hard
      Favorite Songs: “Stir It Up” by Bob Marley, “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
      Favorite Musical Artists: Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, and The Band
      Favorite Color: Blue
      Best Present Ever Received: Motorcycle
      Best Halloween Costume: Raccoon
      Special Power: To cure cancer

      Favorite Quote

      “Be quick but don’t hurry” – John Wooden

      Etcetera

      Would play baseball if not for water polo…supports the Klaus Barth foundation for cancer, Barth was his former coach and is an idol…best thing about water polo is that game is in the water and the friends you make out of the water…got into water polo because he lived near the beach and was involved with swimming, friend got involved with the sport and so did he.