GW Water Polo's Austin Pyrch Invited to Compete in USA Water Polo Men's National League
Freshman is One of 50 Athletes Nationally Selected for USOC-Endorsed Initiative
Jan. 20, 2016
WASHINGTON -- George Washington men's water polo freshman Austin Pyrch has been invited to compete in the 2016 USA Water Polo Men's National League.
Pyrch is one of 50 athletes from across the country who were selected by USA Water Polo staff to take part in the second-year initiative, which was designed to provide elite domestic competition for potential men's National Team members and strengthen the pool of athletes for Team USA.
"It is a great honor to be selected," said Pyrch. "It is a great opportunity for me to continue playing national water polo and hopefully play on one of the National teams again. It is also an opportunity for me to promote the GW program, as well. It gives me the chance to compete against many of the California athletes and represent East Coast water polo."
The National League, which is endorsed by the United States Olympic Committee, will be the primary forum for evaluation of potential National Team athletes by the Senior USAWP coaching staff. Based on the evaluations of all athletes during the National League, the coaching staff will select athletes for National Team training camps.
The participating athletes will be divided into four teams, which will be coached by U.S. National Team coaches. Teams will compete against each other, along with the top USAWP senior club teams, in a round robin format over four weekends from February through May in California and Nevada. The National League will be the highest level of domestic water polo played in 2016.
A goalkeeper and center defender from Denton, Texas, Pyrch posted a .427 save percentage with 35 saves and eight steals in the cage while adding eight goals and 11 steals in the field as a rookie for the Colonials in 2015.
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