Former USC women’s water polo players Sofia Konoukh (Russia) and Aniko Pelle (Hungary) will compete for their respective countries at the 2004 Olympics.
Former Trojan player and assistant coach Danny Leyson also will be there as an assistant coach for the United States men’s team.
Pelle, a native of Budapest, Hungary, was a four-time all-American at USC (1999-2002). She earned the 2000 Peter J. Cutino Award as the top female collegiate player in the nation and is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 254 goals.
Konoukh was a three-time all-American (2001-03) and set the school record for goals (104) in 2001. The Russian native is second all-time for career goals behind Pelle with 224.
Leyson, a former member of the U.S. National Team, spent two years as an assistant coach for the USC men’s and women’s team (2000-02). He was a four-year starter for the Trojans (1989-92) and a three-time all-American. He registered a career-high 66 goals in 1992 and was the leading scorer at the 1992 National Championships.