Former UCLA Water Polo Standouts Win Gold for Team USA

Aug. 23, 2010

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - Led by former UCLA head coach Adam Krikorian and former players Anne Belden, Emily Feher, Courtney Mathewson and Kelly Rulon, the USA women's water polo national team defeated Australia, 6-3, on Saturday to win the gold medal at the FINA World Cup.

Team USA secured gold at the event for the first time since 1979.

In the gold medal match against Australia, Team USA built a 6-0 lead by halftime and held on for the 6-3 victory. Rulon and Mathewson each scored one goal in the victory.

"We hadn't done it for 31 years [win this tournament]," said Krikorian, who serves as associate head coach of UCLA's men's water polo team. "There have been a lot of great coaches and players before us. We certainly wanted to bring the USA back to the top in this event. We can easily lose to that team at any point. I was very surprised to go out 6-0. We played great defense, especially in the first half."

Since assuming head coaching duties for the USA National Team, Krikorian has led Team USA to first-place finishes at all the major championships including two FINA World League Super Finals, one FINA World Championship and now a FINA World Cup.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
W, 23 - 2
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
W, 25 - 3
Saturday, Apr 09
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 8
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 16 - 6
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 8 (3OT)
Friday, Apr 29
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
W, 10 - 3
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Stanford
Bakersfield, CA
L, 3 - 6
Sunday, May 01
vs. California
Bakersfield, CA
W, 7 - 5
Friday, May 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, May 14
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 7
Sunday, May 15
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4