June 26, 2009
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - Former UCLA women's water polo standouts Tanya Gandy, Jaime (Hipp) Komer and Kelly Rulon have been named to the USA Women's Water Polo Senior National Team, as announced this week by USA National Team Head Coach Adam Krikorian.
Gandy, Komer and Rulon have been selected to the 14-woman roster for the 2009 FINA World Championships, scheduled to begin July 19 in Rome, Italy.
Both Komer and Rulon have represented Team USA in Olympic competition - Rulon in 2004 at the Olympic Games in Athens, and Komer in 2008 at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Gandy made her international debut on the U.S. National Team earlier this month at the FINA World League Super Finals in Russia.
Komer played at UCLA from 2000-03, helping guide the women's program to national championships in 2000 and 2003. As a senior, she captured All-America honors after being named a second-team All-MPSF selection. Her total of 685 career saves ranks third-highest in program history, and her 4.05 career goals against average is the second-lowest mark in school history. Komer earned third-team ACWPC All-America accolades in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and gained second-team acclaim in 2003.
Rulon finished her career UCLA's all-time scoring leader, netting 237 goals in four seasons (2003, 2005-07). She led the Bruins to an NCAA title in each of her four seasons, redshirting the 2004 campaign to train with the U.S. National Team prior to the 2004 Olympics. The 2007 Cutino Award recipient totaled 70 goals in each of her final three seasons, the third-most goals (tied) on UCLA's single-season scoring list. Rulon was a three-time ACWPC first-team All-America selection (2005-07) and was named a third-team All-American in 2003.
Gandy helped lead UCLA to four NCAA championships (2006-09), extending the program's streak to an unprecedented five consecutive NCAA titles. Recently named the ACWPC Division I Player of the Year and a first-team ACWPC All-America selection, Gandy scored a school-record 79 goals in 2009. She earned second-team ACWPC All-America honors in 2008, having scored 47 goals as a junior that spring. Gandy's 187 career goals ranks as the fourth-highest mark in program history.
Gandy, Komer and Rulon participated in the FINA World League Super Finals earlier this month, leading Team USA to a gold medal. Krikorian, who served as UCLA's head women's water polo coach from 1999-2009, guided the U.S. National Team to its fourth World League title in the six-year history of the Women's World League, participating in his first international competition as the U.S. team's head coach.