Water Polo Action Comes To A Close In Rio|
Aug. 20, 2016
The last Trojan man standing in the 2016 Olympic Games, USC all-star Kostas Genidounias capped up in Greece’s final game in Rio today. The Greeks had taken a spot in the fifth-place game, looking to end things with a win.
Genidounias — USC’s all-time top scorer, a three-time NCAA champion and the 2014 Peter J. Cutino Award winner — completed his Trojan playing career and returned to his home country with an eye on a trip to Rio. The first-time Olympian helped his country to a strong run in the 2016 Games, although the Greeks would come up short of finishing with a win. Up against a tough Hungary team, Greece fell 12-10 in today’s fifth-place game to round out its time in Rio in sixth place overall.
Genidounias was the last of a group of nine USC water polo players to splash down for action in Rio. Three other USC men — Joel Dennerley (AUS), McQuin Baron (USA) and Thomas Dunstan (USA) — had closed out their competition in group play.
On the women’s side, USC had five Women of Troy capping up for their respective countries. Host Brazil, which finished eighth at the Games, featured USC current goalie Victória Chamorro. Sixth-place finisher Australia had 2013 NCAA champion Hannah Buckling locked in as a first-time Olympian as well. Two-time Olympian Anni Espar — a silver medalist with Spain in 2012 — wrapped the 2016 Games with a fifth-plae finish after facing off against her 2013 NCAA championship teammate Buckling in their final game in Rio. Topping off all the Trojan efforts in Rio, however, were Team USA’s Kami Craig and Kaleigh Gilchrist, who won gold with a landslide victory over Italy in yesterday’s final. It’s the second straight gold medal for 2010 NCAA champ Craig, going along with her 2008 silver medal. First-time Olympian Gilchrist, meanwhile, now has a shiny gold medal all her own to go alongside her 2013 NCAA championship ring as a Trojan.