NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
UCLA Men's Water Polo BIO
Garrett Danner
Player Profile:
Garrett Danner 1263977
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Year: Junior
Hometown: Coto de Caza, Calif.
High School: El Toro HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Played in 24 matches, making 24 starts … became just the second Bruin and the third overall winner of the Peter J. Cutino Award (Sean Kern won the first two awards in 1998 and 1999) … was selected as a First Team All-American and was named the 2015 Division I Player of the Year, the fourth UCLA player to ever earn the honor and the first since 2004 ... named First Team All-NCAA Tournament after recording a total of 32 saves in the NCAA Tournament ... earned MPSF All-Academic accolades ... was the lone goalie named First Team All-MPSF and was also selected as the MPSF Player of the Year and MPSF/KAP7 Tournament MVP after recording 44 saves through three wins in the MPSF Tournament, including one in the final three seconds to preserve an overtime league championship victory over California, the last of his career-high 21 stops in the finals ... in the semifinals of the MPSF tournament against USC, he did not allow a goal through the first three quarters and also shattered UCLA's all-time saves record ... was also the only goalie named to the MPSF/KAP7 All-Tournament Team ... he finished the season with 278 saves, placing him atop UCLA's single-season saves charts, and his career total of 773 saves not only placed him at 9th all-time in the MPSF but also prompted a huge jump in the UCLA record books, moving him from fifth in career saves to first all-time ... he led the MPSF for the third straight year in goals-against average (6.05) and was first in saves per game (13.15) ... he was the only player in the MPSF to pick up two MPSF/KAP7 Player of the Week honors in 2015 … he picked up his first honor on Sept. 21 after leading UCLA to its third consecutive NorCal Invitational title where he accumulated 29 saves in 2.75 games in the cage (10.5 spg) and also averaged 3.6 steals per game … his second Player of the Week honor came on Nov. 16 after he recorded career-highs of 19 saves and seven steals in a 11-6 win over USC, the Bruins' third victory over the Trojans in 2015 ... that win helped cap a perfect 25-0 regular season record and 9-0 MPSF record ... he tallied 23 assists (6th on the team) and led the team with 66 steals.  

Played in 25 matches, making 25 starts … was selected as a First Team All-American and was the lone goalie named First Team All-MPSF … also named First Team All-NCAA Tournament in 2014 … led the MPSF for the second straight year in goals-against average (5.91) and was fourth in saves per game (10.93) … combined with his 233 saves in 2014 (ranks fourth on the single season charts), his career total of 495 already ranks fifth on the Bruins' career charts … was named the MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week on Sept. 22 after leading the Bruins to the Kap7 NorCal Classic title … he tallied 14 saves in the Bruins’ 9-7 NorCal Semifinal win over No. 3 USC, before a career-high tying 15-save effort in the 9-7 championship win over No. 1 Stanford … the Trojans and Cardinal were held to a collective 5-for-21 on power plays, in which Danner made 11 stops on those 5-on-6 plays … for the Kap7 NorCal Classic, Danner averaged 12.54 saves per game (35 saves) and posted a goals against average of 6.44 … he led UCLA with 10 steals in 2.79 games played at NorCals … also tallied a season- and career-high-tying 15 saves to capture third at the MPSF Championships with a 10-5 win over USC (Nov. 23) … he led UCLA with 59 steals.

Appeared in 29 games at goalkeeper, making 29 starts … was an honorable mention All-American and an honorable mention All-MPSF selection … was named UCLA's first-ever MPSF Newcomer of the Year, backed by an MPSF-best 6.32 goals against average in 94.88 quarters (759 minutes) … collected a season-high 15 saves in the MPSF Quarterfinal win against UC Santa Barbara and broke the school record for saves in a single season with 262 … also had the third-highest saves per game average in the league at 11.05 … earned his first career conference player of the week award on September 23, after leading UCLA to the NorCal Tournament title, registering 40 saves in 15 quarters (10.67 SPG) that weekend, topped off by a pair of 12-save outings in the semifinal vs. California and final vs. No. 1 USC … Bruin opponents totaled only 21 goals over the four NorCal games (5.25 gpg) … led the team in steals with 60 and tied for fourth with 25 assists.

Redshirted the season.

Team USA
2015: Was injured and did not make the trip to Gwangju, South Korea for the World University Games. 2013: Played in all eight games (and all 256 minutes) for Team USA at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia (July 6-17) … he finished as the tournament’s leading goalkeeper in saves with 90 … his save percentage of 59.6 percent (stopped 90-of-151 opponent shots) led all 12 starting goalkeepers in the tournament … he also led all goalies with 15 steals as the United States captured fifth place at the World University Games … he also guided the USA to a fifth-place finish at the 2013 FINA Men’s Junior World Championships in Szombathely, Hungary (Aug. 12-18) … the Americans went 5-2 at the Junior Worlds and was 4-1 when Danner started … he played in five games and in 18 of 28 quarters in the cage, totalling 39 saves.

High School
Three-year (2009-11) varsity water polo and swimming letterwinner at El Toro High School under head coach Don Stoll … was a three-time All-American, a three-time All-CIF selection and earned All-Sea View League honors three times as well (2009-11) for the Chargers … also named Co-MVP of the Sea View League in 2011 (shared the honor with then Charger teammate and current Bruin teammate, Joey Fuentes) … was the only goalie selected first-team All-CIF Division 1 … collected 306 saves in 2001 for the Chargers, which lost to Mater Dei, 8-5 in the CIF Division 1 Finals … made 12 saves in the title game and finished with a school-record 991 saves … also set El Toro’s single game record for saves (24) … El Toro High was CIF Champions his sophomore season (2009).

Full name: Garrett Kurt Danner … born April 14, 1994 in Long Beach, Calif. … his parents are Guy and Anne Danner … has two older sisters, Megan Silver and Analiese Danner … competed with the SET Water Polo Club out of Saddleback and El Toro and was named first team All-American with his U-12, U-14 and U-16 Junior Olympic Teams … says he chose UCLA because “It is a great school with an amazing water polo program” … lists winning the CIF Championship in 2010 and beating Italy in Italy with the USA Junior National Team as his biggest athletic thrills of his career … lists surfing as a hobby … majoring in international development studies.

Garrett Danner's Career Statistics
2013 29/29 94.88 262 150 6.32 759:00
2014 25/25 85.283 233 126 5.91 682:16
2015 24/24 84.569 278 128 6.05 676:33
Totals 78/78 264.732 773 404 6.10 2117:49
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