July 19, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Former UC Santa Barbara men's water polo standout Brian Alexander is currently competing with the United States senior national team at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal.
In its first game of the biennial tournament on Monday, July 18, Team USA defeated Japan 7-4, but Alexander did not score. The Americans will next hit the water on Wednesday, July 20 against Cuba. The 16-team field is broken into groups of four for round-robin pool play, with the top two finishers in each advancing to the medal round. The gold medal match is slated for July 30 at 11:30 a.m. PDT.
This is Alexander's first tour of duty with the U.S. senior national team after spending the past three summers with the junior squad. The Cambria, Calif., native enjoyed his greatest international success at the 2003 FINA World Junior Championships in Naples, Italy, where he scored a team-leading 12 goals.
Alexander finished his four-year UCSB career in 2004 ranked seventh in school history with 152 goals, including a team-leading 70 as a senior. The defender repeated as a Third Team All-American last year, and was also named Second Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Meanwhile Gaucho junior-to-be Aimee Stachowski had competed earlier this summer with the U.S. women's senior national team, but was left off the roster for the FINA World Championships.
Brian Alexander - now a member of the U.S. senior national team - ranks seventh in UCSB history with 152 career goals.