The U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team shares their Gold Medals with the community
Brings great size and speed to the position of goalkeepers... Arguably the top goalkeeper in the world... Only player on team to hail from and attend college outside of California... Gold Medal recipient at the 2012 Olympics in London, England
Stopped 52 shots in the 2013 FINA World Champsionships...Started three games and stopped 29 shots en route to a bronze medal at the 2013 FINA World League Super Final...Recorded 53 saves at the 2012 Olympics, helping Team USA win its first gold medal... Named top goalkeeper at the 2012 Olympc Games...Recorded 53 saves at the 2012 Olympics, helping Team USA win its first gold medal... Logged 44 saves in helping Team USA reach first place at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final... Posted 28 saves in helping Team USA to a Gold Medal and Olympic qualification at the 2011 Pan American Games...Record 13 saves including two penalty shot stops in the 27-26 championship victory over Canada at Pan American Games...Logged 49 saves during a sixth place finish at the 2011 FINA World Championships...Anchored Team USA's defense during their Gold Medal run at the 2011 FINA World League Super Final in Tianjin, China. Named to tournament All-Star team...Armstrong helped anchor Team USA's Gold Medal run at the 2010 FINA World Cup, registering 55 saves... On the way to the Gold, she recorded 47 saves during the 2010 FINA World League Super Final...Named to the All Tournament Team and Top Goalkeeper at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final...Named FINA Aquatics World Magazine Female Water Polo Player of the Year for 2010...Logged 20 saves during 2009 Holiday Cup in Newport Beach, CA...Chalked up 67 saves during the Gold Medal run at the 2009 FINA World Championships... Named Swimming World's Female Water Polo Athlete of the Year...Posted 50 saves during Silver Medal run at 2008 FINA World League Super Final... Earned Silver Medal at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China as starting goalkeeper turning aside 49 shots... Named top goalkeeper at the 2008 FINA World League Super Final... Denied 30 shots in three and a half games at 2007 Holiday Cup in Long Beach, CA... Recorded 38 saves in Gold Medal run at 2007 Pan American Games...Tallied 13 saves in limited action (illness) at Super Final 2007... Named outstanding goalkeeper at 2007 FINA World Championships... March 2007 runner-up for USOC Female Athlete of the Month... Selected to Senior National team after attending open tryouts in May 2006...First Senior National team appearance at 2006 FINA World League...Starting goalkeeper on Junior National team (2000-01) ... Rookie of the Year (1998).
2005 Academic All-Big Ten Conference ... Two-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award recipient (2002, 2005) ... 2004 Cutino Award Finalist ... 2004 AWPCA All-American second team ... 2005 AWPCA All-America third team ... Two-time AWPCA All-America honorable mention (2002-03) ... 2003-04 CWPA Division MVP ... Four-time CWPA All-Division First Team (2002-05) ... Two-time Eastern Championship MVP (2002, 2005) ... Three-time All-Eastern Championship first team (2002, 2004-05) ... Six-time CWPA Player of the Week ... U-M's career leader in blocks (1,267), minutes (3,329), goals against average (5.64) and save percentage (.654) ... Michigan record holder with 350 saves in 2004 ... Michigan record holder with 24 saves vs. Indiana (3/6/04) ... Michigan record holder with 20 games with 10 or more saves in 2004 ... Has 68 career games with 10 or more saves, including two with over 20.
Attended Huron High School (2001)... Three-year letterwinner ... MWPA Player of the Year (2000) ... MWPA MVP (2000) ... Two-time all-state first team (2000-01) ... Eastern Region MVP (2000) ... Eastern Region first team (2000).
PERSONAL Served as Assistant Coach for the University of Michigan Women's Water Polo Team in 2013...Earned degree in English Language and Literature...Enjoys reading, going to the beach, yoga, eating sushi, learning to surf, concerts, and watching movies... Older sister also played water polo.
2013 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BARCELONA, SPAIN, 5TH PLACE
2013 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, BEIJING, CHINA, 3RD PLACE
2012 OLYMPICS, LONDON, ENGLAND, 1ST PLACE
2012 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, CHANGSHU, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, GUADALAJARA, MEXICO, 1ST PLACE
2011 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 6TH PLACE
2011 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, TIANJIN, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
2010 FINA WORLD CUP, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND, 1ST PLACE
2010 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, SAN DIEGO, CA, 1ST PLACE
2009 HOLIDAY CUP, NEWPORT BEACH, CA, 2ND PLACE
2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ROME, ITALY, 1ST PLACE
2009 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, KIRISHI, RUSSIA 1ST PLACE
2008 OLYMPIC GAMES, BEIJING, CHINA, 2ND PLACE
2008 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, TENERIFE, SPAIN, 2ND PLACE
2007 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, 1ST PLACE
2007 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, MONTREAL, CANADA, 1ST PLACE
2007 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 1ST PLACE
2006 HOLIDAY CUP, LOS ALAMITOS, CA , 1ST PLACE
2006 FINA WORLD LEAGUE, COSENZA, ITALY, 1ST PLACE
2000 JUNIOR PAN AMERICAN GAMES, BARQUISIMETO, VEN, 1ST
FUN FACTS ABOUT BETSEY
Favorite Food: Sushi Favorite Movie: Rushmore Favorite Actor(s): Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Javier Bardem Favorite Actress(es): Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson Favorite Song: "Pursuit of Happiness" by Kid Cudi Personal Theme Song: "99 Problems" by Jay-Z Favorite Musicians: LCD Soundsystem, The Walkmen, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mason Jennings, The Beautiful Girls, Wyclef Jean, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Favorite Color: Green Facebook or Myspace: Facebook Best Present Ever Received: Rock Climbing Lessons Best Halloween Costume: Margot Tennenbaum Magical Power if available: To Fly Sport to play other than water polo: Yoga, Running, Hiking, Learning To Surf Favorite Quote: "Those who stay will be champions" -Bo Schembechler
Etc: Believes in preserving the earth and supporting literacy...loves water polo because it is fast paced and always challenging...got into water polo because of her sister and keeps playing because its always a challenge
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