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Sandy Vessey-Schneider
Sandy  Vessey-Schneider

Last College:
SODA Moms

Position:
Goalkeeper

Induction Year:
2014


In an era of women's water polo where all-expense paid travel and Olympic dreams were still many years away,Sandy Vessey-Schneiderwas a household name. A member of the Women's Senior National for more than 10 years, Vessey-Schneider broke into water polo on the boy's varsity team at Marina High School in Southern California earning Most Valuable Player honors and later a spot in the school's Hall of Fame. One of the top collegiate goalkeepers in women's water polo in the 1980s, Vessey-Schneider competed at Long Beach State helping the 49ers to third place at the collegiate nationals in 1987. All the while she competed at the Senior National Team level winning silver at the 1989 FINA World Cup and bronze at the 1991 FINA World Championship. She competed in six U.S. Olympic Festivals, countless other international competitions, and helped various USAWP clubs to 16 Senior National Championship crowns. Highly decorated throughout her career, Vessey-Schneider was named the Most Valuable Goalkeeper in international play in Hungary and also earned All-American honors at many Senior National Championships. She parlayed her successful playing career into one as a coach where she has had a hand in every level of water polo. From age group with Golden West Water Polo Club to scholastic with her alma mater Marina High School to collegiate with her alma mater Long Beach State, Vessey-Schneider has done it all. A former goalie coach for the Women's Senior National Team, she remains active today as a Masters athlete competing annually for the SODA Moms where she won a gold medal and was named an All-American in the 50+ division in the summer of 2013.


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