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By Dan Albano / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

LOS ANGELES – The strategic wheels continue to churn for U.S. men's Olympic water polo coach Terry Schroeder when it comes to naming a final roster for the London Games.

This much is certain: Orange County will be well-represented on a veteran squad that expects to contend for gold.

Seven players with strong ties to Orange County are among the finalists to make the U.S. Olympic men's water polo team. They are, from left, JW Krumpholz, Ryan Bailey, Jeff Powers, John Mann, Shea Buckner, Adam Wright and Tim Hutten.

Seven players with strong county ties were among the 14 men named Tuesday as finalists for the final roster of 13.

The finalists include former county high school players Shea Buckner (Villa Park), Tim Hutten (Los Alamitos), JW Krumpholz (Foothill) and John Mann (Corona del Mar). The group includes UC Irvine products Ryan Bailey and Jeff Powers and former Seal Beach resident Adam Wright. Hutten also played at UC Irvine.

"It's a testament to the quality of Orange County water polo," Buckner said at the announcement at the LA84 Foundation.

Hutten, Krumpholz, Bailey, Powers and Wright are among the 11 finalists who helped Team USA claim silver in 2008.

The team's deadline to name a roster is June 18, but Schroeder said it might seek an extension. The team departs Friday for the FINA World League finals in Kazakhstan and will train in Montenegro before returning home near the end of this month.

The team has extended its evaluation process in part because of a recent concussion to Krumpholz. The center returned last week from a 2 1/2-week layoff. "It just puts us in a spot where we'd like have a little more time to evaluate everybody and make the right choices so that our team has the best chance to win that gold medal," Schroeder said of Krumpholz's concussion.

Krumpholz plays the key position of center. The center position often contributes the most exclusions, which lead to critical power-play chances.

Team USA's most accomplished center is Bailey, set to become a four-time Olympian along with captain Tony Azevedo.

That appears to leave Krumpholz and Mann, also a center, in competition for the backup role.

"Most of the time, because of numbers, you take two primary centers," Schroeder said. "But we're kind of liking what we're seeing with the three centers."

Schroeder also is considering naming backup goalie Chay Lapin as an alternate, a move that could leave Team USA with an inexperienced option if returning Olympian Merrill Moses gets injured during the Olympic tournament.

"It's high risk, but the Olympic Games are pretty high risk," Schroeder said. For his part, Moses said he would embrace being the lone keeper on the U.S. team. "I'm willing to take the added pressure, not a problem," said Moses, an Olympian in 2008. "I respect any decision they make. And if it's going to help the team with giving us more options, I'm completely fine with it."

Krumpholz said Tuesday that he feels "back to normal."

"I felt great (last week)," he said. "Those two games (against Hungary and Croatia) give me a lot of confidence moving into Kazakhstan."

As for the extended tryout period, Krumpholz, Mann and Buckner each viewed it as a positive for the team.

"I think it's an opportunity for us to grow even more as a team," Mann said. "I'm just excited go out and play for my teammates and keep doing what we're doing." Schroeder also was clear that he wants to evaluate more than just the centers. He met with several players about their role on the team.

"It's a hard job but he (Schroeder) is great at it and takes his time and he's patient," Buckner said of the final roster. "He's always fair and we all trust him that the right decision will be made. ... This isn't a decision to be rushed."

14 Finalists for 2012 U.S. men's Olympic team 13 to be selected to London roster: Tony Azevedo (attacker); Ryan Bailey (center/UC Irvine); Layne Beaubien (defender); Shea Buckner (attacker/Villa Park); Peter Hudnut (defender); Tim Hutten (defender/Los Alamitos, UC Irvine); JW Krumpholz (center/Foothill); John Mann (center/Corona del Mar); Chay Lapin (goalie); Merrill Moses (goalie); Jeff Powers (defender/UC Irvine); Jesse Smith (utility); Peter Varellas (attacker); Adam Wright (attacker/Seal Beach)

Coach: [Terry Schroeder]; Assistants: Robert Lynn (Newport Harbor), Marco Palazzo

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