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Rick Merlo
Social Science,
UC Irvine Men’s
Water Polo team

Favorite food:
Mexican food.

Goal in life:
To be as successful as my dad.

Interesting fact:
I played for the U.S. team in the World University Games in Korea this summer. I was the leading scorer on the team.

What three things do you need to take on road trips?
My CD player, a suit and a change of underwear.

Favorite shot in water polo:
An open up-top.

If you could be stranded on a deserted island, who’d it be with?
I don’t know if I have found that person yet.

The three words that describe you:
Motivating, hardworking and fun.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To fly.

Role model:
My dad and Coach Newland.