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Natalie Benson
Natalie  Benson

Class:
Senior

Last College:
UCLA

Position:
Athlete

Induction Year:
2015


07/12/2016

USA Cadet National Teams Ready For Competition At UANA Junior Pan American Championships

Action takes place July 14-21 in Edmonton, Canada

06/17/2016

Natalie Benson Named Fresno State Women's Water Polo Head Coach

Program will begin competition in Spring 2018

One of the best defenders to ever play for the USA Water Polo Women's National Team, Natalie Benson (formerly Natalie Golda), transformed herself into an offensive force by the time her water polo career was complete. An integral part of two Olympic medal winning squads for Team USA at the 2004 (Bronze) and 2008 (Silver) Olympic Games, Benson powered the United States to three FINA World Championship medals (2003, 2005, 2007), including two gold medals. The 2003 FINA World Championship followed a 2001 FINA Junior World Championship title, both were firsts in program history. She joined the Senior National Team in the midst of a dominant college career. In her four seasons in Westwood, Benson guided UCLA to three National Championships. In a collegiate career stocked with awards and accolades her most impressive season came in 2005. After red-shirting the 2004 season to compete in the Olympic Games, Benson returned to lead UCLA to an undefeated season and another NCAA crown while earning Cutino Award honors as the top player in the college game. She added national and conference player of the year honors to an All-American selection. Benson remains active in the game today as Head Coach of the Marist College Women's Water Polo Team and as a coach in the Women's National Team pipeline where she led the Women's Youth National Team to gold at the 2013 Youth Pan American Games.

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