Former Gaucho Brian Alexander Makes USA Water Polo Roster for FINA World League Super Final

June 12, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The USA Men's Senior National Team has announced its roster for the upcoming FINA World League Super Final, which starts next week in Genova, Italy, and the roster includes 2005 UC Santa Barbara graduate Brian Alexander. Additionally, the National Team training roster has been trimmed to 15 players as it moves closer to the Olympic Games.

Alexander played on the UCSB men's water polo team during the 2001-04 seasons and was a two-time All-American in addition to being named Third Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in 2003 and Second Team All-MPSF in 2004. Alexander led the team in scoring both years, tallying 70 goals in 2003 and 64 in 2004, and was named team MVP following both seasons. He ranks eighth all-time on the UCSB career-scoring list with 149 goals.

Alexander joined the USA Junior National Team in 2002. He played with the National "B" Team in the 2003 U.S. Cup World Challenge and led the Junior National Team, scoring 12 goals at the World Championships in Naples, Italy that same year. Since joining the Senior National Team, he has played in two FINA World Championships in 2005 and 2007 and helped the USA to back-to-back first place finishes at the ASUA Cup in 2005 and 2006. From 2005-2007, Alexander played professionally on Aguas De Valencia in Spain.

Competition in the World League will begin on Monday, June 16 with a match between the United States and Italy. Following the World League Super Final, the team will head to Hungary for common training before returning home where the Olympic roster, which will consist of 13 players, will be announced on June 30.

USA National Team Training Roster
Tony Azevedo
Ryan Bailey
Adam Wright
Layne Beaubien
Jesse Smith
Jeff Powers
Brandon Brooks
Merrill Moses
Rick Merlo
Peter Hudnut
Peter Varellas
Tim Hutten
John Mann
Brian Alexander
JW Krumpholz