Mann named to water polo squad for Olympics
Former Cal water polo player John Mann was selected to the USA men’s water polo team on Monday, becoming the third Cal water polo player who will compete in the 2012 London Olympics.
Mann, who played for Cal from 2003-06, had one of the best careers in Cal water polo history. As a senior, Mann led the Bears to the 2006 NCAA championship with a 7-6 win over USC. His 80 goals in his senior season won him the Peter J. Cutino Award as the best collegiate water polo player in the country, along with a host of other honors. Cal won another NCAA title in 2007, but has not won any other titles since Mann left.
“This has been a long journey for John and we are all very excited about his selection to the Olympics,” says Cal water polo coach Kirk Everist. “John has done a tremendous job securing his place on this Olympic team.”
Former Cal water polo players Heather Petri and Elsie Windes will compete for the USA women’s water polo team in the Olympics.
Montano one step closer to advancing to London
Alysia Montano, a three-time American champion in the 800 and a former Cal standout, advanced to the final in the USA Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday.
With a time of 2:02.61, Montano won her heat and advanced to Saturday’s semifinal. Former Cal athletes Tracey Stewart (women’s triple jump) and Ed Wright (men’s high jump) advanced to the finals of their respective events.
In San Jose, Cal gymnast hopes to make Olympics
Cal senior Glen Ishino will attempt to qualify for the USA Olympic Team this Thursday at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
Ishino finished off his decorated Cal career with a national championship on the pommel horse and helped his team to a fourth place finish at the NCAA meet in April. The all-rounder is one of 15 Americans vying for a spot on the national team.
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that John Mann was selected to the USA men’s water polo team on Tuesday. In fact, Mann was selected on Monday.
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