Three Women of Troy Open Olympic Action With Wins|
Aug. 9, 2016
Olympic women’s water polo action kicked off today in Rio with five Women of Troy engaged in battle for their respective countries. When the waves finally subsided, three USC representatives had registered wins as Team USA (Kami Craig and Kaleigh Gilchrist) and Australia (Hannah Buckling) both snagged opening victories.
The morning’s second match featured host Brazil against a tough Italian squad. Current USC goalie Victória Chamorro was capped up in her hometown to represent Brazil against Italy. The Italians were able to control things in the opener, however, posting a 9-3 win over the Olympic hosts.
Next in line was a rematch of the 2012 gold-medal match between the United States and Spain. Both Team USA’s Kami Craig and Spain’s Anni Espar were in the water for that one four years ago — Craig having just completed her USC playing career while Espar was on her way into her freshman season as a Trojan. For this Olympic rematch, the USA had another Trojan in the mix with first-time Olympian Kaleigh Gilchrist — teammates with Espar on USC’s 2013 NCAA Championship team — logging her first minutes as an Olympian. Espar tallied Spain’s first goal of the game, and Craig added a score for Team USA as the United State pressed on to a 11-4 win over the Spaniards.
Group play wrapped up for the day with former Trojan Hannah Buckling — another 2013 NCAA Champion at Troy — helping her Aussies along to a powerful 14-4 win over Russia to get a leg up in that group.
The next women’s action comes up on Thursday (Aug. 11) with the Trojan contingent ready to splash back down for more group play.