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Maud MEGENS
Sport Water Polo
NOC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Born06 Feb 1996
Height1.85 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Psychology - University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She became interested in water polo at age 12.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport after watching the Dutch women's water polo team win gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing on TV.
Club / Team
University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Name of coach
Marko Pintaric [club], CRO; Arno Havenga [national], NED
General Interest
Awards and honours
She was named on the Media All-Star Team at the world championships in 2015 and 2019. (usctrojans.com, 16 Nov 2020; fina.org, 27 May 2015)

While competing for the University of Southern California in the United States of America, in 2018 and 2019 she was named a First Team All-American and named on the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] All-Tournament First Team. In 2018 and 2019 she was named on the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation [MPSF] First Team and named MPSF All-Tournament Team MVP. During her freshman year in 2017 she was named a Second Team All-American. (usctrojans.com, 16 Nov 2020, 01 May 2018; swimswam.com, 15 Jan 2019)

She was named a Dutch Women's Championship All-Star for the 2015/16 season. (usctrojans.com, 16 Nov 2020)
Famous relatives
Her mother Patricia was part of the Dutch water polo team that finished fourth at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. (usctrojans.com, 16 Nov 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Nov 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and to play professionally in Europe. (usctrojans.com, 16 Nov 2020; sportnieuws.nl, 20 Jan 2020)
Other information
STUDY BREAK
In 2019 she put her studies at the University of Southern California on hold and did not compete during the 2020 US collegiate water polo season in order to focus on preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. After the Games were postponed by a year, she planned to also redshirt the 2021 US collegiate season ahead of the rescheduled Games. (usctrojans.com, 16 Nov 2020; trouw.nl, 29 Apr 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
9 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
2 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
1 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
2 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team