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Los Al Based USA Water Polo Roundly Beats Argentina

The U.S. men's national water polo team beat Argentina 13-3 today with goals from Seal Beach, Long Beach and Huntington Beach players.

The Los Alamitos-based U.S. men's national water polo team defeated Argentina, 13-3, tonight in the UANA World Aquatics Championship Qualification Tournament in Calgary, Alberta, with J.P. MacDonell, Jeff Schwimer (Beverly Hills) and Nikola Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes) each scoring twice.

Gonzalo Echenique of Argentina opened the scoring 42 seconds into the game, but the U.S. scored the next six goals.

Vavic, MacDonell and Ryan Bailey (Long Beach) scored in the first quarter and Griffin Lerman and Alex Bowen in the second, giving the U.S. a 5-1 halftime lead.

Schwimer scored the first goal of the second half. German Yanez scored 15 seconds later for Argentina, but Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach), Schwimer and Jeff Powers scored later in the quarter as the U.S. increased its lead to 9- 2.

Tommy Corcoran, Scott Davidson (Seal Beach), MacDonell and Vavic scored in the fourth quarter as the U.S. completed its third victory over Argentina in 10 days. The U.S. defeated Argentina, 16-6 and 14-8, in exhibitions Jan. 23 and Saturday at USC and Northwood High School in Irvine.

The teams will meet again today in a semifinal with the winner receiving a berth in the world championship, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain this summer.

The U.S.-Argentina winner will play the winner of the semifinal between Canada and Brazil for the championship Sunday, while the semifinal losers will play for third place.

- City News Service

met00 February 02, 2013 at 09:47 AM
I loath to correct CNS, but Los Alamitos is home base for the US Women's Water Polo. I believe that the US Men's water polo training base is at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. From their 2012 Olympic Media Guide: TRAINING FACILITY California Lutheran University 60 West Olsen Road Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Paige Austin February 02, 2013 at 09:53 AM
I think you're right. I should have caught that. Thanks for the correction, met00!
met00 February 02, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Sorry, I was ill last night and not surfing so I missed making the correction on the Brazil story. Still, nice to see the boys following our girls in their winning ways! :-)
Paige Austin February 03, 2013 at 09:13 AM
Update: They are training in Los Alamitos now. According to the very helpful City News Editor Steven Herbert: Greg Mescall, the associate director of communications for USA Water Polo said it was proper to refer to U.S. men's water polo team as Los Alamitos based. Since Jovan Vavic became interim coach, the team has trained at the USA Water Polo National Training Center in Los Alamitos, CA and up at USC in Los Angeles, CA along with UC Irvine, Mescall said. The team previously trained at Cal Lutheran.

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