Women's Water Polo

    Kaleigh Gilchrist
    Kaleigh  Gilchrist

    Newport Beach, Calif.

    High School:
    Newport Harbor HS






    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.

    KALEIGH GILCHRIST - USA Women (1st-time Olympian | 2013 NCAA Champion)
    Kaleigh Gilchrist is a first-time Olympian, having locked in on a trip to Rio as a member of the USA’s 2016 Olympic Team. Gilchrist’s storybook journey has carried her through a 2013 NCAA Championship as a junior at USC, continued competition on the international pro surfing circuit, a gold medal at the 2014 FINA World Championships with USA Water Polo and now to a dream ticket to the 2016 Games as an Olympian. Gilchrist’s performance and growth while at USC saw her emerge as one of the nation’s top players. She’d lock in on her first All-American honors as a sophomore in 2012, when she broke out as the team’s top scorer. She would go on to collect two more such accolades and rank No. 11 all-time career scoring at USC before graduating in 2014. Soon after, Gilchrist was called up for her first-ever duty on the U.S. National Team, helping Team USA win the 2014 FINA Super Final and FINA World Cup titles. The next year, she’d stake a claim on gold at the 2015 FINA World Championships before keeping that momentum rolling in helping secure the United States Olympic qualification in 2016.

    2014: Team captain Gilchrist finished her senior season having staked a claim as USC's No. 10 all-time career scorer... Scored 35 goals in her senior campaign to wrap up her career with 142 goals... Named to All-American Second Team selection... Also earned a place on the NCAA All-Tournament Second Team... An All-MPSF First Team pick, scored in 20 games with eight multiple-goal games, including a career-high five goals scored against Redlands on Feb. 14.


    2013: Gilchrist was USC's second leading scorer as a junior, tallying 45 goals in 2013... Named to All-America Third Team and All-MPSF Second Team... Selected to NCAA All-Tournament First Team after providing four goals during the 2013 tournament... Scored her 100th career goal during a career-high five-goal outing against CSU Bakersfield in the first round of the MPSF Tournament... Scored in 23 games with 12 multiple-goal outings... Named MPSF Player of the Week on April 22 after a hat trick in USC's 11-6 win over UCLA.

    2012: Gilchrist was USC's top scorer as a sophomore, blasting 47 goals for the Trojans... Scored in 24 different games with 13 multiple-goal efforts, including two career-high five-goal games... First hit five vs. LMU on March 25, and also nailed five on April 20 vs. CSU Bakersfield... Earned All-America Second Team honors and selected to All-MPSF Second Team... Picked MPSF Player of the Week on April 2... Scored four goals at the NCAA Tournament... Named to NCAA All-Tournament First Team.

    2011: Gilchrist scored 15 goals as a true freshman... Scored in 11 different games with three mulitple-goal efforts... Set her career high with a hat trick vs. Maryland on March 25... Scored in USC's NCAA first-round win over UC Irvine.

    NATIONAL TEAMS: Gilchrist is a member of the U.S. National Team.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Gilchrist won a CIF Championship with Newport Harbor in 2008... Named to All-CIF first team in 2009 and 2010... Also named OC Register Athlete of the Year and Water Polo Player of the Year in 2010... Won U.S. Surfing Championship in 2009 and 2010... Four-year member of USA Surf Team... An honor student...Played club for Newport Harbor.

    PERSONAL: Gilchrist graduated in 2014 with a degree in communication... Parents are John and Jenny... Has one sister, Ali... Lists her CIF water polo and U.S. surfing championships as her most thrilling sports moments... Enjoys surfing and traveling in her free time... Father Sandy was a member of the USC swim team from 1964-68... Born May 16, 1992.