Krsto Sbutega , Matt Swanson & Megan Thomson
May 31, 2009 - 9 AM to 3 PM
Offensive Skills &
Opened in November of 1999, the Soda Aquatic Center is one of the premier aquatic facilities in Northern California. This 50-meter, Olympic size pool is home to a variety of water polo clubs and swim teams. This outstanding facility hosted the US Men's National Team in June 2008 and once again, Elite Polo in 2009.
Elite Coaching Staff
2008 PETE CUTINO AWARD FINALIST
2008 1ST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
CURRENT MEMBER, MONTENEGRO NATIONAL TEAM
5TH ALL-TIME, SCORING, UCLA
Krsto Sbutega has just completed a career at UCLA that will forever cement his place as one of the Bruin greats. Sbutega was prolific around the cage in his four-year career as he scored 143 goals, placing him 5th all-time in the UCLA record books. For his efforts this past fall, Krsto was named 1st Team All-America by the ACWPC. Furthermore, Krsto's efforts have rewarded him with a trip to the Olympic Club this June as he will be one of three candidates up for the Pete Cutino Award, which is presented each year to the nation's best water polo player.
Sbutega has scored no less than 30 goals in each of the last three seasons. This past fall, Krsto netted a team high of 50 goals, making him the first Bruin since Brett Ormsby (2004 US Olympian) to score 50 or more goals in a season.
Slight in stature (6 feet tall), Krsto's ability to score at the Division I and international level is a direct result of his concentration on shooting. His ability to manipulate defenses and goalies has been proven in any scenario: front court, isloation, counter attack, 6-on-5, bad angle and penalty shots. We are excited for Krsto to be a part of the Elite Polo staff this summer and know his experience and skill will enhance that of
1995 & 1996 NCAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2-TIME NCAA CHAMPION, UCLA BRUINS
In charge of the goalies this weekend will be UCLA Bruin great Matt Swanson. Matt anchored NCAA Champion UCLA in 1995 & 1996. His storied performance versus USC in the 1996 championship game closed out a collegiate career second to none. Along with a second NCAA title, Matt also earned his second NCAA Division I Player of the Year award. Coach Swanson is the only goalie in history to be two-time national player of the year. A three-time All-American, Matt was also recently named to the MPSF 15th Anniversary Water Polo Team.
Matt has played at all levels domestically and internationally. After graduating college, Coach Swanson was selected as one of 13 members to play for the United States University Team and his resume also includes a gold medal from the 1995 Olympic Festival. His involvement with the US National Team has also taken Matt to such locations as Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Japan.
Currently, Matt resides in Marin County and is head water polo coach for both Sir Francis Drake High School and Sleepy Hollow Water Polo Club. Matt is a valued member of the Elite Polo staff and we are honored to have him on staff for this upcoming camp.
HEAD COACH, UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
2-TIME NCAA ALL-AMERICAN
2-TIME CWPA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL TEAM, 2001-2003
Megan Thomson returns for her third season as the head coach of the Pacific women's water polo team in 2009, guiding the Tigers along their first season transitioning from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to the newly formed Big West Conference.
Thomson was brought to Pacific after four seasons as an assistant coach at Hartwick College, where she helped lead her team to two appearances in the NCAA Championships. Megan guided the team to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championships at the final four hosted by Stanford in 2004. Two years later, Thomson and the Hawks returned to the NCAA Championships.
Thomson played two years (2001-02) as the starting center at Hartwick College under former Pacific men's water polo coach Mike Maroney. She led the Hawks to a 48-23 record, two Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championships, two CWPA New York Region Titles and one Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship (2002). She was named to the American Water Polo Coaches Association All-America Team after her junior and senior seasons, and was honored as the CWPA Northern Division Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002. In addition, Thomson was named to the AWPCA All-Academic Team in both of her seasons with the Hawks.
A native of Wellington, New Zealand, Thomson finished her career with 234 points (182 goals, 52 assists) and 180 drawn ejections. She led the Hawks to a second-place finish at the 2002 CWPA Championships, losing, 7-6, to the University of Michigan in sudden-death overtime in the final. Hartwick would have advanced to the NCAA Championships (Final Four) that year, had they defeated the Wolverines in that contest.
Hartwick College named Thomson its Female Athlete of the Year in 2001 and 2002. She was inducted into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 12, 2002.
Thomson played for the New Zealand National Team at the 2001 FINA World Championships in Japan as she finished among the top 20 goal scorers in the championships. She was the captain of the New Zealand Development Team in 2000, and played on the New Zealand Under-20 National Team from 1996-99. She was also the co-captain of the New Zealand Senior Women's team at the Commonwealth Game Championships in Perth, Australia in January 2006, finishing with a bronze medal.
Thomson captained the national squad at the 2003 Olympic Qualification Series, and was a member of the national team that competed in the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Italy.