The US Women’s National Team punctuated its highly successful summer with a third consecutive international tournament trophy. The Americans ended a commanding run of victories with one over long time rivals Australia in the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup in Russia on Sunday. Rising star Ashleigh Johnson was voted Best Goalkeeper of the tournament by media observers despite remaining on the bench for the gold medal match. Kami Craig earned Best Center Forward honors.
Team USA went undefeated in the tournament challenged only by the Stingers twice; in a preliminary round match Australia came within two of the eventual champions but ended their silver medal-winning game four short of the USA. Melissa Seidemann was the American’s top scorer with three goals in the 10-6 championship victory.
Head Coach Adam Krikorian called it a “great game” and acknowledged that it completed “a very good summer” in post-match comments published by Water Polo World.
“It was comforting to come into the final with the right attitude and preparation. It was excellent.”
The team now enters a hiatus with no scheduled events forthcoming according to USA Water Polo. Six of the roster’s athletes will resume their studies as colleges begin their fall sessions.
The young Men’s Senior National Team will take on South Africa on August 19 in Kazakhstan to begin the Men’s FINA Cup tournament.