Natalie Golda is considered one of the greatest women's water polo players of all time. Her senior leadership helped guide the 2005 Bruins to their seventh national championship. In 2005 Golda received the Cutino Award, given to the best player in women's collegiate water polo. She was also named the AWPCA Player of the Year, AWPCA First Team All-American, NCAA and MPSF Tournament MVP, First Team All-NCAA and All-MPSF Tournaments, First Team All-MPSF, MPSF Co-Player of the Year and Academic All-MPSF. She finished the 2005 season with 47 goals and her career with 158 goals, third-most in UCLA history. The Bruins won three NCAA championships during her four years with the program.
In 2004, Golda redshirted to play in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece. She scored two goals, one against Hungary and another against Australia and helped the team win a bronze medal. In 2003, Golda was named a first team All-American, first team All-MPSF, first team All-NCAA and All-MPSF Tournaments. She also led UCLA with 50 goals. In 2002, she earned Honorable Mention All-American honors and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament First-Team and All-MPSF Tournament Second Team. As a freshman in 2001, she helped the Bruins win the first women's water polo title recognized by the NCAA
A four-year water polo letterman at Rosary HS under head coach Todd Sprague, Golda was named First-Team All-Golden West League 1996-99. Her team also won the CIF title in 1998 and 1999. She lettered in softball for four years and volleyball for two. Her hobbies include writing, listening to music and playing football.