Cole, Rhodes make USA Water Polo teams

Sawyer Rhodes made USA Water Polo's Youth National Team for 2015.

Sawyer Rhodes made USA Water Polo’s Youth National Team for 2015.


Following the completion of the USA Water Polo ODP Men’s National Team Selection Camps, Santa Barbara’s Sawyer Rhodes and Miles Cole were placed on the Men’s Youth National Team and the Men’s Cadet National Team, respectively.

The two local high school players who compete for Santa Barbara Premier Water Polo Club are in the mix to play in any Team USA international tournaments in 2015 as a result.

Two other Santa Barbara Premier WPC players, Jake Ehrhardt of Camarillo and Peyton Collins of Ventura, made USA teams. Ehrhardt joins Rhodes on the Youth National Team while Collins is a teammate of Cole on the Cadet team.

Find a complete list of the USA Olympic Development teams HERE.

Earlier in the spring, nine players from Santa Barbara Premier WPC participated in the USA Water Polo ODP National Championships in Riverside: Cole (San Marcos), Collins (Rio Mesa), Ehrhardt (Rio Mesa), Taylor Gustason (Dos Pueblos), Jesse Morrison (San Marcos), Rhodes (Santa Barbara), Caleb Sandberg (Righetti ), Blake Spiller (Santa Barbara) and Spencer Wood (San Marcos).

Going back to December, the boys made it through an extensive training & tryout process, ultimately being selected from the top-players in Southern California’s highly-competitive Coastal Zone that encompasses San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

At the conclusion of the tournament, Cole, Collins, Ehrhardt, Taylor Gustason, Rhodes and Spencer Wood were identified to participate for their respective age groups National Team Selection Camps that took place at the end of March.