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Sport Water Polo
NOC United States   
Born12 May 1995 in Goleta, CA, USA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Higher education
Communications - Stanford University : United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first played water polo at the Santa Barbara 805 Water Polo Club in California, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She grew up in a water polo family. Both of her parents played water polo at university level in the United States of America. "We were water babies, so we were surfing, we did junior lifeguards, we were all around the water growing up in Santa Barbara and naturally took to water polo."
Name of coach
Adam Krikorian [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
General Interest
Jamo (usawaterpolo.org, 01 Jan 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and her sisters. (usawaterpolo.org, 31 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
Canadian basketball player Steve Nash. (usawaterpolo.org, 31 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” (usawaterpolo.org, 31 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
During her collegiate career at Stanford University, she was named Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches [ACWPC] First Team All-American twice and All-NCAA Tournament Team twice. (gostanford.com, 31 Dec 2017)
Famous relatives
Her parents Peter and Cathy played water polo for the University of California, Santa Barbara in the United States of America. Her older sister Kiley also played water polo and was a member of the US gold medal-winning team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her younger sister Ryann has also competed for the US national water polo team. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jan 2020; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 23 Dec 2019; usawaterpolo.org, 31 Mar 2019)
Other information
She has played alongside both her old sister Kiley and her younger sister Ryann in the US national water polo team. "It's really nice when you're in that grind or doing a really hard swim set or you just feel like you're getting crushed to look around and seeing family around you. I think our team operates like a family, but nothing compares to that literal sister being next to you grinding through all of that stuff together. Even with Kylie gone, I just still feel her support when I'm playing and I feel like I carry my family wherever I am if I'm playing water polo. I love my older sister, she paved the way for me and I am super proud to get to follow in her footsteps." (keyt.com, 23 Jul 2021; independent.com, 06 Jul 2021; ksby.com, 29 Jun 2021)

She was coached by her mother Cathy when she first started playing water polo. "That she was the one to teach me is very special, and she's very good with kids and teaching the fundamentals of the sport, which is not easy to do. You get to our level, and everyone moves well in the water, and everyone has the fundamentals down to kind of put the pieces together. But at a young age, it's hard to get kids interested in water polo, and it is not an easy sport to pick up and teach." (usawaterpolo.org, 20 Nov 2019)

In November 2021 she began working as a coach at Santa Barbara 805 Water Polo Club in California, United States of America. Previously, she had served as an assistant coach at the University of California, Irvine in the United States of America. (Santa Barbara 805 Water Polo Club Facebook page, 03 Nov 2021; ucirvinesports.com, 10 Sep 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
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