Corona del Mar High product John Mann and recent Newport Harbor High graduate Luca Cupido are on the roster for the U.S. men's senior national water polo team as it competes in the upcoming FINA World Cup.
Mann and Cupido are two of 13 players who will compete at the tournament, scheduled for Aug. 19-24 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Mann, who also starred at Cal, is one of three players with Olympic experience on the roster, a list that also includes Jesse Smith and goalie Merrill Moses.
This is the first United States senior national team tournament for Cupido, who immigrated from Italy last summer and led the Sailors to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. Cupido, who has dual citizenship, earned Daily Pilot Dream Team Newport-Mesa Player of the Year honors and is also bound for Cal.
Team USA, coached by Dejan Udovicic, opens the FINA World Cup with group play games against South Africa, Montenegro and Serbia.
— From staff reports