Feb. 9, 2007
Former UCLA and Olympic water polo standouts Natalie Golda and Nicolle Payne are two of seven New York Athletic Club members who will be inducted into the NYAC Hall of Fame at a gala dinner on February 15.
Of special significance, Payne and Golda, along with San Diego State's Heather Moody - all members of the bronze medal-winning U.S. Olympic water polo team in Athens in 2004 - are the first female NYAC members to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 2007 class brings to 121 the number of members of the NYAC Hall of Fame, which held its first induction in 1981.
Golda, who also earned a silver medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, is currently starring with the U.S. National Team. Payne is currently working in the television industry in New York City.
Payne was National Player of the Year in 1996 and a first-team All-American in 1997 and 1998, helping UCLA win the National Collegiate title all three of those seasons. She still holds UCLA goalkeeper records for lowest goals against average (3.79) and career saves (746).
Golda was the NCAA Player of the Year in 2005 and a first-team All-American in 2003. She helped the Bruins win three NCAA titles (2001, 2003 and 2005) and still ranks fourth in career goals with 158.