July 6, 2006
Los Alamitos, Calif. - Senior Emily Feher and former UCLA standout Natalie Golda, who spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach, have both been named to the USA Women's National Water Polo Team, according to an announcement by USA Water Polo. Former Bruin Jamie Hipp has been selected to the team as one of two alternates.
The Women's Senior National Team coaching staff announced the team of 14, including two alternates, who will lead the United States into the most intense action of the year. Currently ranked second in the world, Team USA will compete in the FINA World League Semifinals at the USA Water Polo National Training Center in Los Alamitos, Calif., on July 12-16.
Golda, considered one of the greatest women's water polo players of all time, helped guide UCLA to its seventh national championship as a senior in 2005. That season, the Fullerton, Calif., resident earned the Cutino Award, given to the best player in women's collegiate water polo. She finished the 2005 campaign with 47 goals, and her 158 career goals ranks third-most in school history. UCLA won three NCAA championships during her four years with the program.
In 2004, Golda redshirted to play in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece. She scored two goals, one against Hungary and another against Australia to help Team USA win a bronze medal.
Feher has guided the Bruins to back-to-back national championships as UCLA's goalkeeper in 2005 and 2006. In her first three seasons, she has totaled 550 saves. In 2005 and 2006, Feher earned NCAA All-Tournament first-team accolades, and she recently garnered 2006 All-MPSF Honorable Mention honors. A native of Tustin, Calif., Feher was selected as an Academic All-America second-team selection by ESPN the Magazine in 2005. As a sophomore, she was named MPSF Goalie of the Year.
Hipp helped lead UCLA to two NCAA championships - in 2000 and 2003. As a senior, Hipp captured All-America honors after being named to the All-MPSF Tournament Second Team. Her 685 career saves and 4.05 career goals against average each rank second in UCLA's record books. She earned AWPCA All-America third-team honors in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and gained second-team accolades in 2003.