Sept. 7, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
BRUINS HEAD TO THE ROCKIES: After a weekend of fine tuning at the Pepperdine Wasko exhibition tournament and at its annual Alumni Game, the 2004 Bruin water polo squad plays its first two regular season matches Friday in Colorado.
BRUINS HEAD TO THE ROCKIES: After a weekend of fine tuning at the Pepperdine Wasko exhibition tournament and at its annual Alumni Game, the 2004 Bruin water polo squad is set to play its first two regular season matches Friday in Colorado. At 2 p.m. PST, #3 UCLA will face off against #11 U.S. Navy Academy at the Cadet Natatorium on the U.S. Air Force Academy campus. Then at 5:30 p.m PST the Bruins will take on their hosts, #16 U.S. Air Force.
NAVY MIDSHIPMEN: The U.S. Navy Academy, a 2003 NCAA Final Four participant, returns with a #11 national ranking and all-league and all-east performers Patrick Rollo and Alex Ratcliffe. The Midshipmen kicked off their 2004 campaign last weekend as they hosted their own Navy Open. After dropping the first three matches of the weekend to #7 Loyola Marymount, #6 Long Beach State and #4 California, Navy salvaged the weekend with an 8-3 victory over UC Santa Cruz on Sunday.
AIR FORCE FALCONS After compiling an 18-10 record in 2003, the U.S. Air Force returns seven seniors and were awarded a #16 ranking in the national preseason polls. The Falcons began their season last weekend at the Triton Invitational in San Diego against Whittier, #10 UCSB, the University of Redlands and #14 UC Davis. USAF beat Whittier in the tournament's first match 11-6, but eventually dropped the next three contests to the Gauchos, Bulldogs and Aggies. Coming into Friday's match with the Bruins hold a 1-3 record and will rely on senior captains Josh Jewett and Jared Jones.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS: UCLA, who finished the 2003 season with a #3 national ranking, begins 2004 in the same slot. The Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top 20 poll, which is released every Wednesday, placed the Bruins third behind #1 Stanford and #2 USC. With 96 points, UCLA is trailed by Cal and Pepperdine to round out the top five.
HEAD COACH ADAM KRIKORIAN: A bastion of the UCLA men's water polo program as a player and coach, Adam Krikorian begins his sixth season as head coach for both the men's and women's programs and his 11th season on the Bruin staff. After sharing the head coaching duties with Guy Baker for two seasons, Krikorian is in his third season alone at the helm of the two programs. A winner of nine national championships as a player and a coach, Krikorian has amassed a 92- 30 record in his five seasons with the UCLA men's team. He is second among activewater polo coaches in NCAA Championships won with two.