The U.S. Women's National Team made its final preparations for the upcoming water polo competition at the FINA World Championships this weekend by finishing second at the Dutch Trophy tournament on Sunday in Gouda, Netherlands.
The Americans wrapped up three days of play with an 11-7 victory over Greece. Stanford's Annika Dries scored three goals, as did teammate Kelly Rulon, while goalie Betsey Armstrong stopped six shots. Stanford grad Lolo Silver and current Cardinal Kiley Neushul each added two goals.
On Day 2 of the tournament, Team USA dropped a 14-13 decision to the Netherlands. Dries scored three goals in the setback. Silver and Neushul each scored twice while Stanford's Maggie Steffens added one goal.
The U.S. opened the tournament on Friday with a 15-8 win over Canada. Steffens and recent Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann tossed in three goals apiece with Dries adding one. The Americans were 5-of-11 on power-play goals.
Next up for Team USA will be a rematch with Greece to open the FINA World Championships on Sunday in Barcelona, Spain.
When Neushul is finished competing in Barcelona, she'll join up with the USA team for the FINA Women's Junior World Championships from Aug. 19-25 in Volos, Greece. She'll be joined by Stanford teammate Ashley Grossman. The Americans will open against Kazakhstan on Aug. 19 before facing Ialy and New Zealand.
Before the women hit the pool in Greece, the USA men will compete in their FINA Junior World Championships, set for Aug. 12-18 in Szombathely, Hungary. Stanford will be represented by Adam Abdulhamid, Jackson Kimbell, Bret Bonanni and Alex Bowen.
The Americans will open against Spain on Aug. 12 before facing Slovakia and Russia in pool play.
Local pools, meanwhile, will be busy this weekend as the 2013 US Open of Water Polo splashes down on the Mid-Peninsula. Action begins Friday and wraps up Sunday with matches being played at Gunn, Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep.
Sacred Heart Prep will serve as the championship site, with the men's gold-medal match set for Sunday at 4:30 p.m. First place in the women's bracket will be decided at 3:15 p.m.
Third-place matches will be held at SHP at 12:30 p.m. (men) and 2 p.m. (women).
The Newport Water Polo Foundation will defend its men's title while the New York Athletic Club will defend its women's crown. The Stanford men's team will take part, opening on Friday against the defending champs at SHP starting at 1:20 p.m. Stanford will wrap up the first day of play at SHP by taking on Navy at 8:20 p.m.