July 2, 2013
Huntington Beach, Calif. - July 2, 2013-- USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team Head Coach Adam Krikorian has announced the travel roster for the 2013 FINA World Championships set for this July in Barcelona, Spain. Out of the 14 athletes selected, 13 will be chosen to compete at the FINA World Championships closer to the start of competition with the remaining athlete serving as an alternate. The 14 athletes selected feature eight returners from the team that won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games. The rest of the team showcases established veterans with National Team experience alongside up and comers from the college game. Fresh off a bronze medal at the 2013 FINA World League Super Final the team will travel to the Netherlands to compete in an exhibition tournament before heading on to Barcelona.
Team USA will open competition at the FINA World Championships against Greece on July 21. They will then meet Canada and Great Britain to close out group play. The United States finished sixth at the last World Championships in 2011. Team USA has won three FINA World Championships (2003, 2007, 2009).
2013 FINA Women's World Championship Travel Roster
1. Betsey Armstrong - Goalkeeper (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan/NYAC)*
2. Lolo Silver - Attacker (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
3. Melissa Seidemann - Defender (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/Stanford)*
4. Rachel Fattal - Attacker (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL)
5. Kelly Mendoza - Defender (Danville, CA/USC/Diablo)
6. Maggie Steffens - Defender (Danville, CA/Stanford/Diablo)*
7. Courtney Mathewson - Attacker (Anaheim Hills, CA/UCLA/NYAC)*
8. Kiley Neushul - Attacker (Goleta, CA/Stanford/SBWPF)
9. Jillian Kraus - Attacker (Santa Ana, CA/UCLA/SOCAL)
10. Kelly Rulon - Attacker (San Diego, CA/UCLA/NYAC)*
11. Annika Dries - Center (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford/SET)*
12. Kami Craig - Center (Santa Barbara, CA/USC/SBWPF)*
13. Tumua Anae - Goalkeeper (Newport Beach, CA/USC/SOCAL)*
14. KK Clark - Defender (Menlo Park, CA/UCLA/NYAC)
*2012 Olympic Gold Medalist
One athlete will be selected as an alternate
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USA Water Polo, Inc. is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters National Championships. With more than 40,000 members, USAWP is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 Member Clubs and more than 400 tournaments nationwide. USAWP is committed to the development of the sport throughout the US. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches and officials.
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