USC Men's And Women's Water Polo Make White House Visit
March 12, 2014
For the second time in five years, both the USC men's and women's water polo teams have made a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the White House as NCAA Champions. United States President Barack Obama extended an invitation to national championship teams from around the country for the opportunity to tour the White House and meet the President on March 10.
Head coach Jovan Vavic brought his latest crews of champions, along with his coaching staff and a few support staff, on the memorable journey. Members of USC's 2013 women's team -- which won the NCAA title in a sudden-death victory -- and members of the 2013 men's teams -- which won a sixth consecutive title with an overtime victory -- took the trip to Washington this week.
The two Trojan teams were joined by 17 other NCAA championship squads from around the nation. Upon arrival at the White House, the teams had time to take a tour before President Obama came through to meet each team, shake hands and take a photo. Following the thrilling honor of meeting the President, the teams moved outside to the South Lawn for a final speech from President Obama to wrap the day.
The last USC teams to make such a visit were the Trojans' 2010 champions. That was the last year that the USC men's and women's water polo teams went back-to-back with national championships, and the 2010 water polo teams also made that trip to the White House along with the USC men's tennis team following its 2010 title run.
For 2013 seniors on the women's side -- Constance Hiller, Nicolina McCall, Dominique Sardo and Chelsea Silvers -- this week's visit marked their second trip to the White House as NCAA champions. The four Women of Troy were all freshmen when USC won in 2010 and finished their USC careers with another crown in 2013. The 2013 USC men's squad were all first-time visitors to the White House as national champions.