Aug. 1, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Six UCLA women's water polo players earned silver medals last weekend as Team USA took second place at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal, Canada. Bruin All-Americans Emily Feher, Natalie Golda, Thalia Munro, Kelly Rulon along with teammates Kristina Kunkel and former Bruin Jaime Hipp comprised just under half of the 13-person team that went 3-3-1 over seven contests from July 16-29.
Team USA defeated Russia, 10-8 in semifinal action on July 27 before falling to Hungary 10-7 in overtime in the title match on July 29. In earlier round-robin action, Team USA defeated Cuba and China, lost to Australia and Hungary and tied Spain.
Feher, who protected the net for UCLA's 2005 national champion women's water polo team, was the starting goalkeeper for all seven games for Team USA. Hipp also saw time in front of the net in three contests.
Rulon led Team USA with two goals in the title match while her, 2005 senior Golda and Munro each notched a goal in the semifinal victory against Russia.
Golda, Rulon and Munro were members of the 2004 U.S. Women's Water Polo Olympic team which captured a bronze medal in Athens.