Trojans Wrap Day One Of Men's Water Polo In Rio

    Aug. 6, 2016

    USC had four Trojan men in action in Rio today, with the first day of men's water polo group play now complete. The morning began with a tough match for Team USA against Croatia, where USC's McQuin Baron and Thomas Dunstan made their Olympic debuts for the United States. USC grad Kostas Genidounias also made his first Olympic appearance, capping up in a win for Greece. The day's action came to a close with former Trojan Joel Dennerley competing in his second Games for Australia.

    By day's end, Greece had captured an opening victory in group play with an 8-7 win over Japan. The United States played a close match against Croatia, but fell 7-5 in that opener. Baron picked up four saves for Team USA in that one, serving in the cage for the second half of action. A four-time NCAA champion in goal for the Trojans, Australian two-time Olympian saw his team take an 8-7 loss to host Brazil in today's opening round of group play. Dennerley made nine saves for the Aussies in that game.

    Next action for men's water polo in Rio comes on August 8 with the next stage of group play competition for all.

    Aug 6 Results:
    Croatia 7, USA 5
    Greece 8, Japan 7
    Brazil 8, Australia 7

    Aug. 8 (Group Play)
    Greece vs. Serbia
    USA vs. Spain
    Australia vs. Hungary