Women's Water Polo 2008 (2024)

Favorite Stanford Memory: Saturday, October 6, 2007. I am on a train coming back from my freshman dorm scavenger hunt in the city. Stanford football is playing USC in the Coliseum. My mom texts me, `1st down on usc 10 yd line, 2 min left.' I read the text aloud and freshmen all around me stare in disbelief. One boy even ventures so far as to tell me I'm wrong, that we must be on our own ten-yard line, I quickly put him in his place. At this point, I call my mom and before I know it, I am standing in the middle of the train car relaying the play-by-play of our epic last minute win over USC. The impromptu broadcast ends when Bo McNally intercepts Booty's pass with 23 seconds left. The train pulls into the station and it is a sprint down campus drive, screaming and cheering as cars honk at us. I grab all my friends and head to greet the team at Maples. I shove my way to the buses and high-five as many football players as I can. I have never been so excited, had so much fun, or felt more connected with my classmates than when Stanford beat USC, 24-23.

As A Senior In 201a: All-MPSF honorable mention ... named to National Collegiate Championship All-Tournment Team ... earned spot on MPSF All-Academic List ... fourth on the team with 36 goals ... scored twice in wins over LMU (1/22) and Indiana (1/23) ... posted hat trick in win over Arizona State (2/26) ... scored four times in win over Hawai'i (2/27) ... netted two goals in 9-8 overtime win at USC (4/2) ... notched two more goals in Senior Night win over San Jose State (4/22) ... scored in each National Collegiate Championship win, netting two goals against Iona, three against USC, and one in title game win over California.

Summer 2010: Played and coached for Stanford Water Polo Club ... named first-team All-America while leading team to runner-up finish at open nationals ... worked as a research and content development intern for Thrive Research ... "spent some time contemplating life after Stanford towards the end of the summer, but ultimately made no progress."

As a Junior in 2010: Earned spot on All-National Collegiate Championship Secnod Team ... named to MPSF All-Academic List ... was fifth on the team with a career-high 30 goals ... opened season with two goals in wins over UCSB (1/30) and Pacific (1/31) at the NorCal Invitational ... added a goal in victory over USC at Stanford Invitational (2/6) ... scored three times over semifinal and championships games at Stanford Invitational (2/7) ... added a pair of goals to UCI Invitational semifinal win over UCLA (2/28) ... netted two goals in 12-6 win over Arizona State (3/21) ... scored two more in 9-1 win at Long Beach State (3/28) ... led team with two goals in 8-7 Big Splash win against California (4/17) ... scored in 7-6 overtime win over USC (4/24) ... scored five goals at National Collegiate Championship, including two in championship game against USC (5/16).

Summer 2009: Played on championship 20/U and Open teams ... coached 14/U at the Junior Olympics ... went glass blowing in Austin, Texas and to a L'il Wayne concert.

As a Sophom*ore in 2009: Named APWPC Academic All-American and to MPSF All-Academic Team ... scored 21 goals ... posted four multi-goal games ... scored twice in season-opening win at Santa Clara ... added another pair of goals in 15-14 win over Arizona State at the Stanford Invitational (2/8) ... scored twice in 19-4 win over UC Santa Cruz ... posted a pair of goals in 11-10 victory over Hawai'i in Irvine Invitational semifinal ... scored a goal in Irvine Invitational title game victory over USC ... scored in three straight games from March 28-April 18 ... scored a goal in each game at the National Collegiate Championship from May 8-10.

Summer 2008: Played water polo for the Stanford Club team that placed third at Nationals ... was named to the all-tournament teams for Nationals and 20/U Nationals ... made the Senior National "B" team for Global Championship tournament ... coached the Stanford club 16/U "B" team at Junior Olympics with teammate Kelsey Holshouser, and led them to a successful tournament ... traveled a lot, including playing a surfboard water polo tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii, visiting the Whole Foods mother-store in Austin, Texas, and going to the USC-Ohio St. football game at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

As a Freshman in 2008: Named to MPSF All-Freshman Team ... netted 19 goals on the season to lead all Stanford freshmen ... had one hat trick and posted five multi-goal games ... Opened collegiate career with hat trick in season opener against Santa Clara (2/3) ... added single goals in wins over UC San Diego (2/23) and San Jose State (2/23) at Irvine Invitational ... scored twice in 12-9 win over San Diego State (3/1) ... tallied pair of goals in 10-4 win over UC Irvine (4/13) ... scored in third-place game win over Hawai'i at MPSF Tournament ... scored two goals at the National Collegiate Championship, netting one against both Marist (5/9) and UC Davis (5/11) ... earned a spot on ACWPC Academic All-America list.

High School: A 2007 graduate of the Menlo School in Atherton, Calif. ... competed for the swimming and water polo teams ... captained the water polo team as a senior ... named Menlo School Female Athlete of the Year in 2007 ... was twice named to the All-PAL First Team, in 2006 and '07 ... four-time All-PAL First Team selection in swimming ... named to All-Central Coast Section First Team as a senior ... named to CCS All-Star Game, where she took home MVP honors ... helped lead team to three CCS titles from 2004-06 ... named to the Pacific Zone All-Star team in 2007 ... a two-time second-team All-American ... also a two-time Academic All-American ... in summer of 2006, helped U.S. Youth team to Junior Pan-American Games title ... in swimming, finished in the CCS Top 16 three times.

Personal: Born in Stanford, Calif. ... parents names are Mark and Marcia ... has one sibling, Kelly... enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and eating good food ... major is human biology and hopes one day to become a teacher or physical therapist.

Women's Water Polo 2008 (2024)

FAQs

Who won the women's water polo Olympics? ›

The U.S. is the only non-European team to win Olympic medals in water polo. All three titles came from the women's team at the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Games — resulting in three gold medals. The U.S. women's team is also the first women's water polo team with an Olympic winning streak.

Which women's team from this country won gold in 2000 water polo? ›

Six nations competed in the women's tournament with home team Australia winning the gold medal over the United States.

Is water polo the hardest sport in the world? ›

In fact, the popularity of water polo was so great it was the first team sport introduced at the modern Olympic games in 1900. What started off as an adaptation of rugby played in lakes and rivers, water polo has evolved into the toughest sport in the world.

Who is the coach of the USA women's water polo team? ›

Adam Krikorian - Women's Senior National Team Head Coach - Staff Directory - USA Water Polo.

Who is the best women's water polo team in the world? ›

As of 2024, women's water polo teams from seven countries won all 17 tournaments. United States is current world champion and the most successful country in women's water polo tournament at the World Aquatics Championships, with eight gold medals.

What is the most famous water polo match in history? ›

The most famous Olympic water polo match in history took place during the 1956 Games, often referred to as the Blood in the Water match. The match between the Soviet Union and Hungary was bloody and violent, and eventually called off, with Hungary being declared the winner.

Which country won the women's soccer gold medal in 2008? ›

The tournament was won by the United States, which beat Brazil 1–0 in the gold medal game. Carli Lloyd scored the game-winning goal in the 96th minute for the United States, which collected their third Olympic gold medal.

What country won the 1st women's Olympic gold medal in soccer? ›

Some memorable female Olympic athletes include Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy, and Joy Fawcett, all members of the 1996 U.S. women's soccer team roster that won the gold-medal game against China in the first-ever Olympic Games women's soccer tournament in Atlanta.

How many women's water polo teams are there? ›

On the West Coast, all 15 women's water polo programs are in the state of California.

What's harder, baseball or water polo? ›

Although hockey and baseball are among the most popular sports globally, they are not even close to the most challenging sport—water polo. The amount of endurance and physicality involved in water polo is levels above any athletic sport worldwide.

Which country plays the most water polo? ›

2021
Top Positions%
1Montenegro25.6
2United States20.5
3Greece15.4
4Italy12.8
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Why is water polo so tiring? ›

Skill. While treading water, in itself, is quite a hard skill to master, it's not the only trick to learn. Players also need to know how to hold, pass, and shoot a ball. This requires high hand-eye coordination, even more so than football or basketball.

Does Harvard have a women's water polo team? ›

- Harvard women's water polo will add three student-athletes to its roster next season, Ted Minnis , The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach, announced today. The class consists of one athlete from California, one from North Carolina, and one coming to Cambridge from Greece.

Is women's water polo an NCAA sport? ›

Stanford is the most successful program with 9 championships; UCLA has eight; with USC having six. One of these three California-based Pac-12 Conference schools has won the championship every year since women's water polo became an NCAA sport in 2001.

Who is Brown women's water polo coach? ›

Felix Mercado - Women's Water Polo Coach - Brown University Athletics.

Which Olympic champion became woman? ›

Caitlyn Jenner (born October 28, 1949, Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.) is an American decathlete who won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal with a then record score of 8,618 points and in 2015 became by far the most prominent athlete to publicly come out as transgender.

Why was polo removed from the Olympics? ›

It was contested in another four Olympiads before being removed from the official programme after the 1936 Summer Olympics. Polo declined in relative popularity around the time of World War II due at least in part to the logistical and financial difficulties of competing in the sport.

Who won the women's rowing in the Olympics? ›

Single sculls
GamesGoldBronze
2012 LondonMiroslava Knapková Czech RepublicKim Crow Australia
2016 Rio de JaneiroKim Brennan AustraliaDuan Jingli China
2020 TokyoEmma Twigg New ZealandMagdalena Lobnig Austria
2024 Paris
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Which country is good at water polo? ›

Hungary has been the most successful country in men's tournament, while the United States is the only team to win multiple times at the women's tournament since its introduction.

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