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Five Tiger water polo players selected to compete in FINA 2017 World Championships

Three men and two women are representing teams for the U.S., Canada, Hungary and New Zealand at the games, which run July 14-30 in Budapest, Hungary.
Jul 19, 2017

Five Tiger water polo standouts are taking part in the FINA 2017 World Championships, which opened July 14 in Budapest. On the men's side, alumni Alex Obert '16 is representing Team USA, while Balazs Erdelyi '14 is a member of Team Hungary, the tournament's host. Devon Thumwood '18 is on Team Canada's roster. On the women's side, the Tigers' Kyra Christmas '20 is suiting up for Team Canada, while Pacific alumna Brydie Pie '15 is a member of New Zealand's squad.

Obert is a three-time All-American and Pacific's last finalist for the Peter J. Cutino award, given to the top collegiate water polo player in the nation, as a nominee after the 2015 season. Obert ranks ninth on the Tigers' all-time scoring list with 157 goals. 

Balazs ErdelyiErdelyi finished his Pacific career in 2013, and is the most decorated Tiger of all-time as he won the 2012 and 2013 Peter J. Cutino Award, the 2013 ACWPC National Player of the Year award, and was a four-time All-American. Erdelyi is Pacific's second all-time leading scorer with 287 goals in four years.

Thumwood will enter his senior season in the fall, and ranks 15th on the Tigers' all-time scoring list with 109 goals. A two-time All-American, the native of Calgary, Alberta will suit up for the Canadians in the 2017 edition of the FINA World Championships.

Christmas, who just completed her redshirt freshman season for the Tigers, scored 60 goals while earning First Team All-Golden Coast Conference honors. A native of High River, Alberta, she previously has represented Team Canada in nine international tournaments, including the 2017 Junior Pan American Games, where she earned MVP honors.

Pie, a native of Lower Hutt, New Zealand, played for Pacific from the 2012 season through 2015, racking up 145 career goals for the Tigers. Her career scoring total ranks seventh on the Tigers all-time list. 

James Graham In August, a larger number of players and coaches with ties to Pacific water polo will head to the 2017 World University Games. Pacific water polo head coach James Graham has selected to be the men's head coach for Team USA at the games. The World University Games will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, August 19-30.

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