Women of Troy win water polo gold
Team USA’s water polo Trojan trio of Tumua Anae, Kami Craig and Lauren Wenger were adorned in gold on Aug. 9 after an 8-5 win over Spain and incoming Trojan freshman Anni Espar in the London Olympics. The U.S. gold in that sport was the first-ever for the United States, the only team to medal in every Olympic Games.
A key scorer for the Spanish Olympians, Espar again was effective, scoring two goals in the match to finish her first experience in the games with 15 total goals. But it was the overall power of Team USA that won the day behind an impressive showing from Craig and all-around skill from Wenger, who have now added gold to their silver medals earned in 2008. Anae did not play, but the U.S. backup goalie was certainly deserving of her place atop the podium.
In the bronze-medal game, USC junior goalie Flora Bolonyai again represented Hungary on a part-time basis in the cage. The match went into overtime before Australia pulled away for a 13-11 victory to take bronze.
In the fifth-place game, USC alumna and four-time Olympian for Russia Sofia Konoukh came up short against China in a 16-15 loss.