Aug. 26, 2011
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - Former UCLA women's water polo standouts Courtney Mathewson and Kelly Rulon have been named to the USA Women's National Team roster for the upcoming Pan American Games set for Oct. 23-29 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The USA Women's National Team is led by head coach Adam Krikorian, who served as UCLA's head men's and women's water polo coach from 1997 until 2009. Krikorian starred on the men's water polo team from 1992-95.
The Pan American Games serve as the team's first chance to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. The competition roster will be the same group that competed at the 2011 FINA World Championships this past July in Shanghai, China, earning sixth place.
Mathewson won the 2008 Peter J. Cutino Award, an honor annually bestowed upon the top female and male collegiate water polo players in the nation. She helped lead UCLA to NCAA titles in each of her four seasons (2005-08) and captured 2008 NCAA Division I Player of the Year honors, as announced by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
Rulon finished her UCLA career as the school's all-time scoring leader (237 goals). She helped lead the Bruins to an NCAA Championship in each of her four seasons (2003, 2005-07). Her 70-goal totals in each of her final three seasons (2005-07) are tied for second-most on the school's single-season scoring list. She captured the 2007 Peter J. Cutino Award, a three-time ACWPC first-team All-America selection (2005-07).