NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
  Chris Wendt
Chris Wendt

Player Profile

River Forest, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 202



Four UCLA Men's Water Polo Players Earn ACWPC All-Academic Honors

Sophomores Christopher Meinhold, Paul Reynolds and Chris Fahlsing and junior Chris Wendt were honored.


Five Bruins Earn All-America Honors

Senior Josh Samuels was named to the first team.


324 UCLA Student-Athletes Named to Fall Director's Honor Roll

Men's soccer player Joe Sofia leads the list with a 3.96 cumulative GPA


Seven UCLA Men's Water Polo Players Earn MPSF All-Academic Honors

Chris Wendt picked up his third straight MPSF All-Academic selection.


UCLA Falls in NCAA Title Game, 11-10 at USC

Seniors Josh Samuels and Bret Lathrope each scored two goals in the national championship game.

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).

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.


High School
Four-year varsity water polo and varsity swimming letterwinner under head coaches Dave Perry and Luke McGuier, 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 a senior (2009), tallied 108 goals and 91 assists to lead Fenwick to a perfect 33-0 a junior (2008), recorded 104 goals and 72 assists, guiding Fenwick to a 32-1 overall 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 a swimmer, earned All-Illinois and All-America accolades in 2008 and 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).

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.

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.

Chris Wendt's Career Statistics
2010 25/11 9 20 .450 7 6 7 4
2011 27/22 9 47 .191 18 13 7 3
Totals 52/33 18 67 .269 25 19 14 7