The U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England winning the gold medal.
Gold Medalist of the 2012 Olympics in London, England... Center/Defender with strong post game, defense and ability to hit outside shots
Racked up 11 goals on the way to gold at the 2014 FINA World Cup...Scored three goals in helping Team USA win gold at the 2014 FINA World League Super Final...Added 4 goals during the 2013 FINA World Cup Qualifiers...Contributed to Team USA's winning streak with 8 goals during the 2013 Holiday Cup...Scored nine goals in the 2013 FINA World Championships...Tallied seven goals to help Team USA to a third place finish at the 2013 FINA World League Super Final...Second on the team with seven shots logged at the 2012 Olympic Games... Recorded six goals for Team USA at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final... Third on the team with 11 goals scored helping the United States to a Gold Medal and Olympic berth at the 2011 Pan American Games...Scored three times during a sixth place finish at the 2011 FINA World Championships...Tallied two goals during Gold Medal run at 2011 FINA World League Super Final in Tianjin, China...Registered two goals at 2010 FINA World Cup...Scored three goals, helping Team USA take home the Gold at 2010 FINA World League Super Final
Played professionally for CN Sabadell in Spain in 2013-2014
Competed for the Stanford University women's water polo team...Recipient of the Peter J. Cutino Award in 2013...Finished her career with 239 goals, tied for first all-time with USA teammate Lolo Silver...Scored 75 goals in her senior season helping Stanford reach the NCAA Tournament final...Helped the team to the 2011 NCAA Championship...Led the team in scoring as a sophomore with 54 goals and helped squad advance to NCAA title match...As a true freshman led the team in scoring with 59 goals and named MPSF Newcomer of the Year
Attend College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, CA
PERSONAL Graduated in 2013 with a degree in psychology...Older sister Lauren played water polo at UC-Davis...Younger sister Natalie is on the USA Water Polo Cadet National Team training squad.
2014 FINA WORLD CUP, KHANTY-MANSIYSK, RUSSIA, 1ST PLACE
2014 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, KUNSHAN, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
2013 FINA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS, SANTA ANA, CA, 1ST PLACE
2013 HOLIDAY CUP, SANTA ANA, CA, 1ST PLACE
2013 CANADA CUP, GATINEAU, CANADA, 1ST PLACE
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, LA JOLLA, CA, 1ST PLACE
FUN FACTS ABOUT MELISSA
Favorite Food: Frozen Yogurt Favorite Movie: Country Strong Favorite Actor: Ryan Gosling Favorite Actress: Julia Roberts Favorite Songs: "You & I" By Lady Gaga Favorite Color: Pink Best present ever received: Her puppy Best Halloween costume: Beanie Baby Magical Power: To Fly Other Sports Besides Water Polo: Weightlifting The best thing about water polo: "The supportive community it provides and the amazing opportunities it has presented me with."
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