US Open of Water Polo offers no rest for busy USA teams


The USA men's and women's teams competing at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto (Canada) won't have much down time following the conclusion of their respective tournaments this week.

For at least a handful of players, they'll be back in the water at the US Open of Water Polo that stars Friday at various sites in the Pomona area.

Many of the top water polo athletes in the United States are set to compete. The high level competition brings together many of the top men's and women's club teams in the U.S., in addition to top-ranked collegiate teams and pipeline national teams.

A 15-team women's tournament and 12-team men's event will begin on Friday with Citrus College, Mount San Antonio College, and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges playing host. Pomona-Pitzer's Haldeman Pool will play host to the first- and third-place matches on Sunday afternoon.

The New York Athletic Club enters the weekend as the top seed in both the men's and women's competition and boasts a roster chock full of Olympic stars. The women's team former Stanford players like Jessica Steffens, Lauren Silver and Kelly Eaton while the men's squad features ex-Stanford All-Americans Wolf Wigo and current U.S. National Team members Alex Bowen and Tony Azevedo.

In addition, the Stanford University women and UCLA men, recent competitiors in the 2015 World University Games, will cap up alongside the likes of the Olympic Club and USA Women's Youth National Team.

The men's Golden Bear A team includes Menlo School grad Nick while the Olympic Club has Stanford grads Paul Rudolph, Sage Wright and Janson Wigo. The Stanford men's team also is entered and features U.S. National Team member Bret Bonanni.

In the women's tourney, the University of Michigan will have Gunn grad Caroline Anderson in the lineup. The Stanford women's team, which just finished fifth at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, also is expected to have most of those players competing -- including Jamie Neushul, Jordan Raney, incoming freshman Kat Klass and goalie Gabby Stone.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo

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