Shea Buckner Earns Spot On U.S. Olympic Team
June 25, 2012
USC graduate Shea Buckner becomes the 27th Trojan to earn a place on an Olympic men's water polo team with his selection to Team USA for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. As a member of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA championship teams at Troy, 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.
Buckner is bound for his first Olympic Games after working his way into the mix as an attacker for Team USA. 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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