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Olympic spotlight: Shea Buckner

Shea Buckner is heading to his first Olympic Games
Shea Buckner was a member of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA championship teams at USC. (Photo/DJ Kast, Daily Trojan)

Former USC men’s water polo All-American Shea Buckner will appear in his first Olympics this month.

Buckner is bound for the London Olympic Games after working his way into the mix as an attacker for Team USA.

As a member of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA championship teams at USC, Buckner helped start the USC men along on their historic run of four straight titles. Now, he is making more history as a member of the U.S. Olympic men’s water polo team.

A member of the U.S. squad at the 2011 FINA World Championships, Buckner has also made major recent international appearances at the 2011 and 2012 FINA World League Super Finals.

At USC, Buckner served up 110 goals for the Trojans in his three seasons of action. He was a member of USC’s undefeated 2008 team, which sparked a stretch of title runs for the Trojans. He ranks No. 23 all-time in career scoring at USC and is a three-time All-American, selected as a first-teamer in his junior and senior seasons.

With Buckner’s selection to the U.S. Olympic Team, the Trojans now have two representatives in the Olympic men’s water polo field. Buckner’s teammate in 2008 and 2009, goalie Joel Dennerley, will also be competing in London as a member of Australia’s Olympic squad. Both are first-time Olympians, securing a fourth straight Olympic Games with Trojans on Olympic rosters.

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