Cal Water Polo: Two Ex-Golden Bears Named to U.S. National Team

Johnny Hooper and Luca Cupido to play for national team at World Championships beginning this weekend

Former Cal stars Johnny Hooper and Luca Cupido were chosen to the U.S. men’s national water polo team that will play in the FINA World Championships, beginning Saturday at Gwangju, South Korea.

Hooper, who played his final college season last fall, and Cupido combined to help the Bears win the 2016 NCAA championship. Both were four-time All-Americans at Cal.

Cupido completed his Cal career in 2017, when he won the Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation’s top player. He played on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.

Another former Cal player, Gavin Arroyo, has been named an assistant coach on the U.S. staff. Arroyo was a two-time All-America player for Cal and represented the U.S. at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

At the World Championships, which run through July 27, the U.S. team will open play next Monday against Kazakhstan in Group B play. Croatia and Australia round out Group B.

The two finalists at this event qualify automatically for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Hooper, whose 245 goals are the second-most in Cal history, scored once earlier Wednesday as the U.S. beat Montenegro 8-4 in the final of the China Wenjiang International Water Polo Tournament in Chengdu, China.

Hooper scored seven goals in the four-game tournament in China while Cupido had six.

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