Tiger Talk: Water Polo U Edition – 5/19


Next week’s Tiger Talk will focus on Pacific Men’s Water Polo and their 2013 run to the NCAA Championship! Featured guests include Head Coach, James Graham, and former student-athletes, Casey Fleming, Alex Obert, Kevin Oliveira, and Goran Tomasevic.

The Tiger Talk will be live from 4:00-5:00 on Zoom. To join the conversation, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86423509162.

If you have any questions, please contact Bri Legittino at brodriguez@pacific.edu.

2013 Pacific Men’s Water Polo

The Pacific Men’s Water Polo team finished the 2013 season 23-5 after falling to USC in the NCAA National Championship game overtime 12-11 in the NCAA National Championship game. This marked the first time Pacific played for the title in school history and were the first team outside of “the big four” of USC, UCLA, Stanford, and Cal to make a title game since 2000.

Head Coach, James Graham, was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year. Seniors Balazs Erdelyi, Alex Malkis, and Goran Tomasevic each earned All-MPSF First Team Honors, while junior, Alex Obert, was named All-MPSF Honorable Mention.

Pacific spent virtually the entire season ranked in the top three, and earned the No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history, holding the top spot for a quarter of the season. The talk of the water polo community, Pacific’s season was captivating and the Tigers drew inspiration from their now larger and vocal fan base.

Behind the incredible fan turnout at home in the regular season, Pacific won its first MPSF regular season title. And the support only increased as busloads of Tiger faithful made their presence felt at the NCAA Tournament.

With program records for most wins, fewest losses and deepest NCAA run — the Tigers’ 1993 NCAA squad placed fifth — the team will go down as one of the best in Pacific athletics history.

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