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Sport Water Polo
NOC United States   
Born02 Mar 1999 in Laguna Beach, CA, USA
Height1.83 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Laguna Beach, CA, USA
Higher education
English - Stanford University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing water polo at age nine at Laguna Beach Water Polo Club in California, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She was influenced by her father, who played the sport internationally. "When I was really young and found out my dad played water polo in the Olympics, I decided I wanted to be an Olympian just like him, even though I really didn't understand what the Olympics were."
Club / Team
SET Water Polo Club: Lake Forest, CA, USA
Name of coach
Adam Krikorian [national], USA
General Interest
Ria (usawaterpolo.org, 01 Jan 2019)
Cooking, creative writing. (teamusa.org, 23 Apr 2020; usawaterpolo.org, 11 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
US water polo player Annika Dries, US swimmer Janet Evans. (usawaterpolo.org, 14 Jul 2021; usawaterpolo.org, 12 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Some succeed because they are destined to, most succeed because they are determined to." (usawaterpolo.org, 12 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named in the tournament All-Star team at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (fina.org, 26 Jul 2019)

She was named in the team of the tournament at the 2016 World Youth Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. (fina.org, 17 Dec 2016)

She was named the Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Volos, Greece. (mn2s.com, 02 Mar 2020)

She was named MVP at the 2014 Junior Pan American Championships in Riverside, CA, United States of America. (mn2s.com, 02 Mar 2020)
At age 17 years and 170 days, she became the youngest female water polo player from any nation to win a medal at the Olympic Games, when she was a member of the US team that claimed gold at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her record was surpassed at the 2020 Games in Tokyo when Elena Ruiz claimed silver with Spain at age 16 years and 282 days. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Jan 2022)
Famous relatives
Her father Erich represented the United States of America in water polo at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Her older sister Makenzie was a member of the US team [along with Aria] that won gold medals at the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020. Her mother Leslie played collegiate water polo at Stanford University. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Jan 2022; usawaterpolo.org, 12 Aug 2015; nbcolympics.com, 16 Jun 2016; gostanford.com, 01 Jun 2019; Stanford Athletics YouTube channel, 18 Feb 2019)
Other information
She says she has been heavily influenced by her older sister and US national teammate Makenzie Fischer. "I got a lot of motivation from seeing Makenzie grow up and starting to have success, just chasing her, wanting to be as good as her, and trying to be better than her." (usawaterpolo.org, 14 Jul 2021)

She sat out the 2020 and 2021 US collegiate seasons with Stanford University in order to prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (paloaltoonline.com, 20 Jun 2019; gostanford.com, 01 Aug 2020)

She has been a board member of the Alliance for Diversity and Equity in Water Polo [ADEWP]. (thealliancewp.org, 01 Jan 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
1 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2018 Surgut, RUS Team  
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Lima, PER Team