USC wins its spot in unbelievable fashion, beating Stanford 12-11 in sudden death.
No. 3 seeded Trojans head to La Jolla this weekend to fight for yet another national championship.
USC takes out Whittier 19-4 to move a step closer toward defending six straight NCAA titles.
Rex Butler, McQuin Baron and Nick Bell also earn MPSF accolades.
Seniors Kostas Genidounias and Marc Vonderweidt score three apiece in the important USC victory.
USC men's water polo won its sixth straight NCAA championship with a 12-11 overtime victory over Pacific on Dec. 8, 2013
THIS SEASON: Butler enters his final season of competition at USC.
2013: Butler was USC's fifth leading scorer as a redshirt junior with 40 goals... Scored five goals during the NCAA Tournament, including two in the championship game... Matched his career high with four goals scored vs. LMU and Pepperdine... Scored in 23 games with 10 multiple-goal outings.
2012: Butler scored 18 goals as a redshirt sophomore... Scored in 15 games with three two-goal outings... A member of the NCAA Championship roster.
2011: Butler did not compete in the 2011 season.
2010: Butler scored 11 goals as a true freshman... First career goal was in season opener vs. Redlands on Sept. 4... Also set career high with four goals vs. Redlands on Oct. 2... Scored in seven games with two multiple-goal outings.
HIGH SCHOOL: Butler earned first-team All-CIF honors as a senior out of Coronado High... A fourth team All-American as a senior... An All-CIF first team selection as a junior and a senior... Also earned first team all-league honors in junior and senior seasons... Played club for Vista Stars, Coronado and Del Mar.
PERSONAL: Butler is majoring in human performance... Parents are Rex and Karen... Has one sister, Katelyn... Favorite food is filet mignon... Lists his favorite athlete as Kobe Bryant... Would like to travel throughout Europe... Hopes to pursue a career as a corrective exercise and sports performance specialist... Born November 22, 1991.