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Sport Water Polo
NOC United States   
Born17 Aug 1999
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Communications - University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
Her parents signed her up for Santa Barbara Water Polo Club in California, United States of America, at age eight.
Why this sport?
"I joined junior lifeguards, which was a big thing, because the girls who were the fastest swimmers and the most athletic were water polo players. That was really appealing to me and I became friends with them. I was always a pretty good swimmer, but swimming wasn't my thing, so I was looking for something more exciting. Water polo was the next step."
Club / Team
Santa Barbara 805: United States
Name of coach
Adam Krikorian [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre back
General Interest
Spending time at the beach with friends and family. (usctrojans.com, 01 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (805wpc.org, 07 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (usawaterpolo.org, 31 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
US water polo player Kami Craig, US basketball player Kobe Bryant. (usawaterpolo.org, 31 Mar 2019, 19 Mar 2020)
She required stitches for an arm injury sustained when she was out celebrating winning a gold medal at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. She was at the 'Coyote Ugly' nightclub near the athletes' village when a balcony collapsed, killing two people and injuring 16. Her teammate Kaleigh Gilchrist received deep lacerations to her leg. (msn.com, 27 Jul 2019; noozhawk.com, 27 Jul 2019; fina.org, 14 Apr 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." (usawaterpolo.org, 31 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
While competing for the University of Southern California in the United States of America, in 2019 she was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation [MPSF] Tournament Most Valuable Player [MVP]. In 2018 she was named MPSF Newcomer of the Year. (usctrojans.com, 28 Apr 2021, 31 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives
Her father Dwayne played volleyball at California State University. Her two older brothers played water polo at collegiate level in the United States of America. (usctrojans.com, 31 Dec 2018; usawaterpolo.org, 19 Mar 2020)
Other information
After competing for the University of Southern California for two years, she took time away from the university team in order to train full-time with the US national team ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (uscannenbergmedia.com, 15 Dec 2020)

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