May 17, 2012
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - Former UCLA standouts Kelly Rulon and Courtney Mathewson have been selected to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team, as announced today by Team USA head coach and UCLA alumnus Adam Krikorian.
Rulon and Mathewson are two of the 13 athletes that will compete for the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games this summer in London, England. Krikorian made the announcement Thursday at a press conference at the LA84 Foundation in Los Angeles.
Rulon on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team in Athens, Greece, helping the women's team secure a bronze medal. The native of Point Loma, Calif., played for the Bruins in 2003 and from 2005-07. She finished her career as UCLA's all-time leading scorer with 237 goals and led the Bruins to the NCAA Championship in each of her four seasons.
Mathewson will make her first-ever appearance for Team USA at the Olympics this summer. Hailing from Anaheim Hills, Calif., Mathewson played at UCLA from 2005-08, guiding the Bruins to the NCAA Championship each year. Mathewson finished her collegiate career with 111 goals.
Both Rulon and Mathewson won the Peter J. Cutino Award, an honor bestowed upon the nation's top female and male collegiate water polo players. Rulon secured the award in 2006 and 2007, and Mathewson received the honor in 2008.
Krikorian served as the UCLA women's water polo head coach from 2000-09 and as the men's head coach from 1999-2008. In 17 years with UCLA's two water polo programs, as both a player and coach, he won an unprecedented 15 national titles - 11 as a head coach, three as an assistant coach and one as a student-athlete.
The U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team has established itself as one of the most successful programs in international water polo history over the last 12 years. Team USA has become the only program to win an Olympic medal at every Olympic Games offering women's water polo, a tally that includes two silver medals (2000, 2008) and one bronze (2004). Team USA has also secured three World Championships and one World Cup title during that span.
The USA Women's Team will open competition at the 2012 Olympic Games against Hungary on July 30. Team USA will face Spain on Aug. 1 and China on Aug. 3 to close preliminary play in Group A. The quarterfinals begin Aug. 5, followed by the semifinals on Aug. 7 and the medal round on Aug. 9.