8 Matt Gronow
8 Matt Gronow
Birth Date: 08/16/1990
Height: 6-3
Weight: 205
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
High School: RMIT University
Previous College: RMIT University
Position: ATT

2010: Played in all 24 games for the Gauchos…Was fourth on the team with 18 goals scored and was second with 26 assists…Also drew 13 ejections or penalties while tallying 10 steals and 10 field blocks…Scored a season-high hat trick to lead the Gauchos past Pacific (Sept. 19)…Had five multiple-goal games…Put together a five-game scoring streak during Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play and scored a total 10 goals during league games…Was a nominee for Male Newcomer of the Year at the 2011 SB Awards.

2009: Redshirted.

Played at Melbourne Grammar School under coach Trav Bloom...Was his team's MVP and captain in 2008...Melbourne Grammar went undefeated all four years he played...Won the Associated Public School Water Polo Championship...Also competed for the swim team, serving as team captain in 2008...Set school records in the 50 and 100 freestyle...Won the APS Swimming Championships...Also played AFL football.

Played with the Victorian Tigers National League Club with which he finished second in the 2007 National League Finals...Also competed with Melbourne University Water Polo Club, which won the State League I Championship...In 2007, he competed for the Australian Youth Team in New Zealand and for the Australian Schoolboys Team in Sydney, which he says are his most memorable athletic achievements.

Matthew Barrett Gronow was born on Aug. 16, 1990 in Australia...Parents are Rob and Jan Gronow...Has an older sister, Ali, and an older brother, Chris, who played water polo at UCSB and who he lists as his personal hero...Has yet to declare a major at UCSB...Interests outside of water polo include surfing, eating and sleeping...Names "The Shawshank Redemption" as his favorite movie and the "Lord of the Rings" series as his favorite books...UCSB alum Jack Johnson is his favorite musician.