Women's Water Polo

    Anni Espar
    Anni  Espar

    Barcelona, Spain

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    Water Polo Action Comes To A Close In Rio

    Kostas Genidounias and Greece take sixth place in the 2016 Olympic Games.


    USC’s Kami Craig & Kaleigh Gilchrist Win Gold With Team USA In Rio

    Trojans help post a 12-5 win over Italy in gold-medal match.


    USC’s Craig & Gilchrist Are Through To Gold Medal Game With Team USA

    Women of Troy will leave Rio with a medal after a solid semifinal win with the USA.


    USC’s Craig & Gilchrist Move To Olympic Semifinals With Team USA

    Trojans take aim at the podium after securing a semifinal spot with today’s quarterfinal victory.


    Women of Troy Wrap Group Play In Rio; Quarterfinals Come Next

    Kami Craig and Kaleigh Gilchrist team up to help Team USA win its group.

    ANNI ESPAR - Spain Women (2-time Olympian | 2013 NCAA Champion)
    Anni Espar is bound for her second Olympic Games with her history-making Spanish national team. In 2012, Espar was the second leading scorer overall at the Games in London, where Spain made its Olympic debut and went on to win a silver medal. Immediately following that run, Espar came to USC as a true freshman, and helped guide the Women of Troy to the 2013 NCAA Championship. A first-team All-American that year, Espar was responsible for serving up the game-winning goal in the NCAA final, scoring from distance in a sudden-death victory over Stanford. Espar would return to Spain after that season, engaging in a professional career that has seen her take CN Sabadell to two European Championships while continuing to anchor her Spanish national team. Most recently, Espar and the Spaniards took silver at the 2016 FINA Super Finals after having secured their 2016 Olympic bid with their performance at the FINA Olympic Qualification Tournament. Espar also was named European Women’s Water Polo Player of the Year in 2012, and helped Spain win gold at the 2013 FINA World Championships.

    2013: Anni Espar played one season at USC, serving up the game-winning goal in the third sudden-death period to secure USC's 2013 NCAA Championship... Scored 31 goals, including six at the NCAA Tournament and six at the MPSF Tournament... Named to All-America First Team, All-MPSF First Team, NCAA All-Tournament First Team and MPSF All-Tournament Team... Scored in 15 games with 12 multiple-goal outings, including a career-high four goals vs. Stanford in the UCI Invitational championship victory... Named MPSF Player of the Week on Feb. 25 after USC's championship run at the UCI Invitational.

    NATIONAL TEAMS: Espar was the second leading scorer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she won a silver medal as a member of Spain's Olympic Team... In 2013, won gold with Spain at the FINA World Championships and silver with the junior team at the FINA Junior World Championships... Named European Women's Water Polo Player of the Year in 2012... Also selected 2012 Diari Sport Breakout Athlete... In 2011 was a member of the Diari Sport Best Catalan Team of the Year... Also competed for the Spanish National Team at the 2011 European Cup, where Spain won gold... Also was a member of Spain's 2011 FINA Junior World Championship gold-medal team.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Espar played club for C.E. Mediterrani and C.N. Sabadell... Won two national league championships, four Catalan Cup titles and three Spanish Cups... Was the top scorer at the Spanish Cup... An honor student.

    PERSONAL: Espar has not yet decided on a major... Parents are Anna and Xesco... Has two siblings, Pol and Clara... Says playing in the 2012 Olympic Games was her most thrilling sports moment... Enjoys traveling, going to the beach, reading, shopping and watching sports in her free time... Lists Xavi Hernandez as her biggest sports hero... Favorite foods are Italian and Mediterranean... Born Jan. 8, 1993.