USA Women’s Water Polo Team

Tumua Anae - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Tumua Anae

Born in Honolulu, HI, Anae moved to Southern California where she attended USC. At the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico, Anae made seven saves in a backup role to help Team USA win a gold medal and a trip to the 2012 Olympic Games. While playing collegiately, Anae was a finalist for 2010 Peter J. Cutino Award, a 2010 NCAA Champion, 1st Team All-American, NCAA Tournament 1st Team 2008 and 2009, and MPSF All-Tournament 1st Team 2008 and 2009. Anae has one sister, Jordan, who also played Water Polo at USC.

Betsey Armstrong - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Betsey Armstrong

A key player at goal, Armstrong is the only player to hail from and attend college outside of Califonia. In Team USA’s run to a gold medal and Olympic qualification at the 2011 Pan American Games, Armstrong posted 28 saves. A record 13 of those saves were in the Championship victory over Canada, which included 2 penalty shot stops. She helped her Senior National Team to a gold medal in the 2010 FINA World Cup and the 2010 FINA World League Super Final where she garnered All Tournament Team and Top Goalkeeper honors. She earned a Silver Medal at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China as starting goalkeeper. In 2007 Armstrong was named outstanding goalkeeper at the FINA World Championships and in 2008, she was named top goalkeeper at the FINA World League Super Final. Armstrong was selected to the Senior National team after attending open tryouts in May 2006, having attended University of Michigan where she is the record holder with 20 games with 10 or more saves in 2004.

Kami Craig - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Kami Craig

Craig has become one of the top centers in women’s water polo. She was a member of the Silver Medal team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Craig was second on the team in scoring at the 2011 Pan American Games where the team earned a bronze medal and a trip to the 2012 Olympics. Craig garnered a spot on the 2010 FINA World Cup All Tournament Team, and made the All Tournament Team at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final. During her banner career at USC, she saw a 2010 National Championship, consecutive Peter J. Cutino Awards (top college player), was named to the 2006 MPSF All-Freshman Team, and received All-American Honorable Mention Awards. Craig was also a member of the Youth and Junior National Teams and recently played her first professional season in Greece.

Annika Dries - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Annika Dries

An up and coming center who joined the National Team in 2009, Dries has been a key player for Team USA. She tallied eight goals at the 2011 Pan American Games as a part of Team USA’s effort to earn a gold medal and a berth to the 2012 Olympics. Dries is currently a member of the Stanford University Women’s Water Polo team. She is also an avid jazz pianist who loves music and has an interest in math and sciences. She is also an advocate for breast cancer awareness and research and is active in the community with the Pink Ribbon Club Foundation and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure effort.

Tanya Gandy - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Tanya Gandy

Gandy officially joined the Senior National Team in 2009 after training with them briefly in 2008. She is an outstanding scorer who adds offensive depth to the squad. At the 2010 FINA World League Super Final, Gandy scored five goals to win a gold medal with Team USA. She scored three goals during a Gold Medal run at 2009 FINA World Championships. In college at UCLA, Gandy was a Four-Time NCAA Champion, an NCAA All-Tournament Team pick twice, MPSF All 1st Team in 2009, and holds the single season scoring record for UCLA. Gandy is a supporter of the kidney foundation, as her mother donated a kidney to her brother when he was 18. She also supports the children’s hospital because she believes it is rewarding to help kids.

Sami Hill - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Sami Hill

Sami Hill is red-shirting her sophomore season at UCLA to train with the Senior National Team. Hill shared time in goal as a freshman where she helped the Bruins to a third place finish at NCAA Championships. She also earned All-MPSF Newcomer honors. At Dos Pueblos High School in Santa Barbara, Hill went 31-0 in her senior season winning the CIF Division 1 Championship. Hill feels like she was born to play water polo, and can’t imagine herself playing any other sport.

 

Courtney Mathewson - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Courtney Mathewson

A strong scoring threat, Mathewson first joined the Senior National Team in 2009. She was the team’s leading scorer at the 2011 Pan American Games with 14 goals, including four in the gold medal match that went to a shootout over Canada that earned the team a berth to the 2012 Olympics. Mathewson has also played for Drummoyne Water Polo Club of the Australian National League in 2008-2009 and at UCLA collegiately. While playing for the Bruins, Mathewson won four NCAA Championships, the 2008 Cutino Award, and was named MPSF Co-Player of the Year in 2008. Mathewson has one sister, Lauren, who competed on the Loyola Marymount swimming team.

Juliet Moss - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Juliet Moss

Moss is a versatile defender who joined the Senior National Team in 2010. Moss chipped in by scoring two goals for Team USA at 2010 FINA World Cup. While playing for San Jose State University, Moss garnered All American Academic Team 2007 and 2008, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Water Polo Academic All-Conference Selection 2007 and 2008, and was the SJSU Water Polo Team MVP 2009. Moss also trained with the 2007 Junior National Team and 2008 Senior National B Team and was also part of the Speedo Top 40 in 2007 and 2008. Moss also competed with the SJSU Swim Team.

Heather Petri - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Heather Petri

A veteran on the roster and the team’s oldest member, Petri is a well-rounded player that boasts scoring ability and solid defensive tactics. She began training with the National Team in 1998 and was chosen at the last minute to train with the National Team for the 2000 Olympics. She earned a Silver Medal at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, her third overall medal. She helped Team USA earn a berth to the 2012 Olympics by posting four goals at the 2011 Pan American Games where they won a gold medal. Internationally, she has played for Rari Nantes in Florence, Italy during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons. At UC Berkeley as a collegiate player, Petri was a Collegiate All-American in 1999, 1st Team All-Regional Qualifier, 1st Team MPSF Tournament and received 1st Team All-National honors in 1999. She was named Team Captain at Cal Berkeley during the 1999 and 2001 seasons, and was a member of the 1997 and 1998 Cal Berkeley Collegiate National Teams which placed second in each season.

Kelly Rulon - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Kelly Rulon

An outstanding scorer, Rulon won a Bronze Medal at the 2004 Olympics. In 2011, she posted six goals en route to a gold medal and a berth to the 2012 Olympics at the Pan American Games. Internationally she has played for Roma Pallanuoto in 2007-2008 winning the Len Cup, and for Dravolina Nervi in 2008-2009 where she was named Foreign Player of the Season for 2008. In her exceptional collegiate career at UCLA, she won four NCAA Championships (’03, ’05, ’06, ’07), was named Co-Player of the Year in 2005, and NCAA MVP in 2006. In 2007 she earned Player of the Year and the Cutino Award. Rulon holds the UCLA and NCAA records for Most Career Goals.

Melissa Seidemann - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Melissa Seidemann

Seidemann is a center with a strong post game, defense, and ability to score outside shots. She has temporarily left Stanford University to train full time with the Senior National Team. Seidemann was third on the team in scoring at the 2011 Pan American Games with 11 goals, helping the United States win a gold medal and a berth to the 2012 Olympics in London. She also registered two goals at the 2010 FINA World Cup, and scored three goals, helping Team USA take home the Gold at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final. While at Stanford, she helped the Cardinal win an NCAA National Championship in 2011. If Seidemann weren’t playing water polo, she’d try weightlifting.

Lauren Silver - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Lauren “Lolo” Silver

Silver joined the Senior National Team in 2009, and is a high scoring attacker with great leadership qualities. At the 2011 FINA World League Super Final, Silver scored three goals en route to a gold medal. She was the leading scorer for Team USA at the 2010 FINA World Cup scoring 11 goals. Silver played collegiately at Stanford University earning All-American status in 2006-2008, All-MPSF 2006-2009, won an MPSF Championship in 2006, and was named Newcomer of the Year in 2006. Silver was a sociology major and is contemplating a career as a lawyer. Her mother, Kathy, swam on the 1976 United States Olympic team, was a World Champion, and an American record-holder. She works with BAWSI Girls, an after school program that meets once a week and teaches the values of sports and athletics to underprivileged girls who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance to learn these lessons.

Jessica Steffens - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Jessica Steffens

Despite not competing in 2010 due to shoulder surgery, Steffens has made big contributions to the Women’s Senior National Team. In 2011 Steffens scored two goals at the 2011 FINA World Championships where the team took home a gold medal. She tallied four goals and four steals during a Gold Medal run at 2009 FINA World Championships. Steffens was selected as one of the top 40 female water polo players in the country in 2005. In her collegiate career with the Stanford Cardinal, she scored 35 goals and won All-MPSF Honorable Mention in her sophomore year, and earned Academic All-MPSF honors for her 3.27 GPA.

Maggie Steffens - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Maggie Steffens

Steffens, the youngest player on the team, has deferred entrance to Stanford University to train with the National Team. She tallied six goals at the 2011 Pan American Games, including the winning goal in the 20th round of Team USA’s shootout against Canada. Steffens added four goals to help Team USA take home the Gold at the 2010 FINA World Cup, and scored five goals, including the winning goal, against Australia in the Final match at 2010 FINA World League Super Final. She was a three-time Junior Olympic champion and a three-time Junior Olympic Co-MVP. Steffens comes from a family of about 45 cousins, most of whom are successful athletes. Most of her uncles and cousins played water polo, and was influenced to join the Senior National Team by her sister (Jessica).

Brenda Villa - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Brenda Villa

Captain of the Silver Medal Winning squad at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Villa is the most decorated athlete in the world of women’s water polo (Olympic Bronze Medalist at 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Silver Medalist at 2000 Sydney Games). Villa was named FINA Magazine’s Female Water Polo Player of the Decade (2000-10). In 2011, Villa was a key player for Team USA when they won a gold medal and a bid to the 2012 Olympics at the 2011 Pan American Games where she scored six goals. At the 2010 FINA World League Super Final, Villa was named to the All Tournament Team, as well as being named MVP. She captained the team in its last three gold-medal finishes, including the 2007 World Championships, 2007 Pan American Games, and the 2007 FINA World League. Villa was also named to the Media All-World Team at the 2002 World Cup. In her collegiate career at Stanford, she finished with 172 goals (three seasons), was honored with the 2002 Peter J. Cutino Award, and named Division I Water Polo Player of the Year in 2001.

Lauren Wenger - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Lauren Wenger

One of the most versatile stars in the world of women’s water polo, Wenger has been on the Senior National Team since 2005. Wenger scored nine goals in the 2011 Pan American Games where she helped the team win a gold medal and earn a berth to the 2012 Olympics. She was critical in the 2010 FINA World League Super Final gold medal run where she scored at least one goal in four out of five games, registering seven total goals. Wenger earned a Silver Medal with the Senior National Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She was also named MVP for her solid performance at the 2007 FINA World Championships. During her collegiate tenure at USC, Wegner was named the 2006 Peter J. Cutino Award Winner, collegiate water polo’s most valuable player award. Wenger also spent two years on the Youth National Team, one year on the Junior National Team, and played her first international season for Olympiakos in Greece in 2006/2007 before returning home for World Championships.

Elsie Windes - 2012 USA Woman's Olympic Waterpolo Team

Elsie Windes

A member of the USA Senior National Team since 2006, Windes has been instrumental in the team’s many first place finishes. In 2011, she scored four goals on the way to winning a gold medal and berth to the Olympic Games at the Pan American Games in Mexico. Windes scored five goals during the Gold Medal run at the 2010 FINA World Cup and added five goals en route to winning the Gold Medal at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final. While playing at UC Berkeley, Windes garnered MPSF All-Academic recognition and was selected second-team All-MPSF in 2007. A three-time All-American, she was also Berkeley’s top scorer with 40 goals in 2006 and 51 goals in 2005. In 2004, she received All-American Honorable Mention recognition, Cal’s first true freshman to ever be selected as such.