Not only are they national champions, but now USC's 2013 men and women's water polo teams can add being invited to the White House by President Barack Obama to their extensive list of accomplishments.
President Obama will honor and congratulate the Trojans as well as 17 other NCAA Division I teams that won titles in 2012-2013 at an event on the South Lawn of the White House at 11:00 a.m. PT on Monday. The event will be broadcasted live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.
The last time USC teams went to the White House as NCAA champions was in 2010 when the 2009-2010 men and women's water polo teams as well as the men's tennis team were honored. USC women's water polo players Dominique Sardo, Constance Hiller, Chelsea Silvers, Nicolina McCall and Blair Moody will be making their second trip to the White House as they were freshmen on the 2010 national champion team.
The 2013 women's water polo team beat Pac-12 rival Stanford in dramatic fashion in what became the longest NCAA women's water polo championship in history in May. Freshman Anni Espar captured the title for the Trojans when she scored in the third sudden-death overtime period to carry the Trojans to a 10-9 victory and to the program's fourth national championship.
The 2013 men's water polo team also won their sixth straight national championship title in dramatic fashion as they beat Pacific in double overtime. Senior team captain and National Player of the Year Nikola Vavic lifted the Trojans over the Tigers when he fired what would become the final goal of his legendary career into the back of the net.
USC women's golf was also invited, but the Women of Troy are unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.