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In Memorian -- Brian Bent
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/27/2006

Brian Bent


Former UCLA men's water polo player Brian Bent passed away in his sleep on April 2, 2006, in Taipei, Taiwan, from complications due to sleep apnea. Bent had been in Asia for one year teaching English to Taiwanese students as well as traveling and exploring foreign cultures. He was a member of the water polo team from 1995-1997 and graduated from UCLA in 2000.

An ambidextrous player known for converting 6-on-5 advantages into points, Bent redshirted the 1995 NCAA title-winning season. In 1996, he had a tremendous freshman campaign, scoring 30 goals in 46 attempts and helping guide the Bruins to back-to-back NCAA Championships. That season, he ranked fourth among the team's top scorers and netted goals in 18 games, including eight multiple-scoring matches. At the 1996 NorCal Tournament, Bent tallied seven goals in four games. In 1997, he saw limited playing time, scoring eight goals in 14 attempts.

Bent came to UCLA after having graduated from Coronado High School, where he was a three-year water polo letterwinner for coach Randall Burgess. He played numerous sports as a child, but it was in high school that he discovered his true talent, water polo. Through hard work and determination, Bent progressed from a rookie freshman, learning the basics, to a co-captain as a senior. He earned prep All-America honors, was named the league's most valuable player and garnered 1994 CIF Player of the Year accolades as a senior. That season, he helped lead Coronado to the CIF title.

Coronado High School recently announced construction plans for an $8.5 million state-of-the-art aquatics center to begin in Nov. 2006. The high school originally planned on selling the building's naming rights for $1 million; however, the school board, fundraisers and community members unanimously approved naming the building the "Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex."

Bent is survived by his parents, Gwyneth and Randy Bent; his sister, Courtney Bent; his grandparents, Phyllis and Lee Mather, his six year-old son, Braden L'Heureux, and Jordana L'Heureux of Murrieta.


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