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#22 Chris Wendt
Position: Defender
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 202
Year: Senior
Hometown: River Forest, Ill.
High School: Fenwick
Experience: 3 Letters
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2012
Played in 31 games, making 23 starts … scored 34 goals (5th on the team) on 64 attempts, converting at a 53.1 percent clip … earned honorable mention All-American accolades … also captured MPSF All-Academic Team accolades and earned “excellent” honors on the ACWPC All-Academic Team … was second on the squad in field blocks (23) and fourth in exclusions earned (23) and in steals (23) … also registered 17 assists … scored at least one goal in 19 matches, scoring multiple goals 12 times … scored a season- and career-best three goals in a 12-9 loss to California (Nov. 24), in a 14-7 win over Pepperdine (Sept. 29) and in a 15-7 win over Cal Baptist (Sept. 1).

2011
Played in 27 matches, making 22 starts … scored nine goals on 47 attempts … earned ACWPC All-Academic Team honors as an excellent selection … also named an MPSF All-Academic Team selection … registered 18 assists, 13 steals, seven field blocks and three earned exclusions … scored at least one goal in seven games … had a pair of two-goal efforts - against UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 1) in the SoCal Tournament and versus Pomona-Pitzer (Oct. 22).

2010
Played in all 25 matches, making 11 starts … scored nine goals on 20 attempts, converting at a 45 percent clip … captured MPSF All-Academic Team honors … registered seven assists, seven blocks, six steals and four earned exclusions … scored in eight matches, totaling a season-high two goals against Chapman (Oct. 17) … scored one goal in each of five MPSF matches … netted his first collegiate goal against Air Force (Sept. 18) in the first round of the NorCal Tournament.

2009
Redshirted the season.

Team USA
Played in all eight games (182 minutes) for Team USA at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia (July 6-17) … he scored seven goals on 16 shots, converting at a 43.8 percent rate … registered seven field blocks (tied for 1st on the team), six steals (tied for 2nd on the team) and five assists (2nd on the team) as the United States captured fifth place at the World University Games.

High School
Four-year varsity water polo and varsity swimming letterwinner under head coaches Dave Perry and Luke McGuire, respectively … helped lead Fenwick High School (Oak Park, Ill.) to four Illinois state championships (2006-09), helping push the program’s streak to six consecutive state titles … named a first-team All-Illinois water polo selection as a sophomore, junior and senior … earned third-team All-Illinois honors as a freshman … as a senior (2009), tallied 108 goals and 91 assists to lead Fenwick to a perfect 33-0 mark … as a junior (2008), recorded 104 goals and 72 assists, guiding Fenwick to a 32-1 overall record … as a sophomore (2007), logged 85 goals and 63 assists, leading Fenwick to a 31-2 overall record … netted 27 goals and 30 assists as a freshman (2006), leading Fenwick to a perfect 32-0 record … secured first-team All-America honors in 2008 and 2009; third-team All-America selection in 2007 … served as team captain in 2008 and 2009 … recipient of the Fenwick High School Lawless Award (scholar-athlete) in 2009 … as a swimmer, earned All-Illinois and All-America accolades in 2008 and 2009 … at the 2009 state swimming championships, finished fourth in the 200 medley (1:35.05), sixth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:07.29), seventh in the 200 freestyle relay (1:24.79) and 11th in the 50 freestyle (21:30).

Club
Competed for Windy City Water Polo … earned 2003 NAGS All-America honors. National Team – Competed for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team in 2008 and 2009 … helped lead Team USA to a gold-medal finish at the 2008 Junior Pan-American Games (Sao Paulo, Brazil) … played for the U.S. Men’s Cadet Team in 2006 and 2007, leading the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2007 Youth Pan-American Games … played for the U.S. Men’s Devil Team in 2004 and 2005.

Personal
Full name: Christopher Joseph Wendt … born Jan. 23, 1991 in Chicago … Chris is the oldest of Joe and Rise Wendt’s three children … has two younger sisters, Gena and Olivia … father, Joe, was an All-America water polo player in college and high school … uncle, George Wendt, is a master’s swimming world record holder … majoring in political science.

Chris Wendt's Career Statistics
Year GP/GS G ATT PCT AST STL BLK EE
2010 25/11 9 20 .450 7 6 7 4
2011 27/22 9 47 .191 18 13 7 3
2012 31/23 34 64 .531 17 22 23 23
Totals 83/56 52 131 .397 42 41 37 30

 

 

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