Three Trojans Head Down Under With Team USA|
Jan. 29, 2015
The USC's water polo program has three Trojans currently representing the U.S. Men's National Team on a trip to Australia for common training and exhibition action. Current freshman goalie McQuin Baron and sophomore Nick Bell have teamed back up with graduated fellow Trojan Nikola Vavic as members of Team USA.
Each Trojan has already competed with the the U.S. National Team before, but this is the first competition that combines all three. Vavic was a member of the U.S. squad that took second place at the 2013 UANA World Aquatic Championship Qualification Tournament. Bell and Baron were on the U.S. roster for the 2014 FINA World League Super Final last summer, and Baron most recently represented Team USA at the 2014 FINA World Cup in Russia.
At Troy, Bell and Vavic were teammates in USC's run to the 2013 NCAA Championship, which notched a fourth straight crown for four-time All-American Vavic and a sixth straight title for the Trojans. This past season, Baron and Bell teamed up to help the Trojans to a second-place finish at the 2014 NCAA tourney.
In exhibition action in Perth on Tuesday (Jan. 27), Team USA fell to the Aussies in game one of a three-game series with a 13-10 loss. Vavic scored one goal and Baron had nine saves. The next competition in Australia is set for Thursday (Jan. 29), and the final exhibition game is Jan. 31.
Follow Team USA at www.usawaterpolo.org