Trojans unite for Team USA and a trip to China, with more Women of Troy in action this weekend in Los Alamitos.
The only female player to win back-to-back Peter J. Cutino Awards as the nation's top collegiate water polo player, USC graduate Kami Craig is playing in her second Olympic Games. A 2008 silver medalist with Team USA, Craig took a break from USC for a season in order to train and compete for the United States in Beijing. Upon returning to USC, Craig helped the Trojans win a national championship in 2010 before closing down her USC career as a four-time All-American and USC's No. 8 all-time scorer. In addition to now being a two-time Olympian, Craig has helped the United States win the FINA World Championships in 2007 and 2009 and most recently was the team's second leading scorer at both the 2012 FINA World League Super Final and 2011 Pan American Games.
2010: Craig became the only female to have earned back-to-back Cutino Awards in the history of the award in winning the 2010 honor... Also named the 2010 NCAA Tournament MVP, Craig secured her third straight place on the All-MPSF First Team and as a First Team All-American... Scored 36 goals as a senior, striking in 21 different games with 10 multiple-goal outings... Took over at No. 8 all-time with 152 career goals... Also was named MPSF Player of the Week and to the 2010 MPSF All-Tournament Team.
2009: Craig was second on the team in scoring with 40 goals... Scored in 20 different games, including 11 multiple-goal outings... Set a new career high with five goals against San Jose State... Had a crucial hat trick in USC's 11-10 win at UCLA in the MPSF regular season... Became USC's fifth woman to win the Peter J. Cutino Award... Also named a First Team All-American and MPSF Player of the Year... Named MPSF Tournament MVP and to NCAA All-Tournament First Team... Twice selected MPSF Player of the Week.
2008: Craig redshirted her third season in order to compete at the 2008 Olympic Games, where she won a silver medal with the United States.
2007: Craig was third on the team in scoring with 38 goals as a sophomore... Matched her career high with four goals vs. San Diego State... Scored in 21 games total, with 10 multiple-goal efforts... Scored at least one goal in USC's final 10 games... Named a First Team All-American and to All-MPSF First Team.
2006: Craig was the team's fourth leading scorer in her first year at USC, punching in 38 goals from the tough center position... Scored a career-high four goals against UC Santa Barbara on April 21... Scored in 24 games total, with nine multiple-goal efforts... Received All-American honorable mention... Named to MPSF All-Freshman Team.
NATIONAL TEAMS: Craig is a member of the U.S. National Team, earning silver at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing... Scored six goals during the Olympics... Also won 2007 World Championship in Australia... Won gold at the 2006 Holiday Cup and FINA Super Final and took fourth at the FINA World Cup... As a member of the U.S. Junior National Team, won gold at the 2005 Junior National Championships... Won gold at 2004 Pan-Am Junior Championships... A member of the Youth National Team from 2003-06.
HIGH SCHOOL: Craig holds the Santa Barbara High School record for single-season goals (123) and the most goals scored in one game (9)... Named Player of the Year by the LA Times and Santa Barbara News Press as a senior... Named CIF MVP as a senior... Named All-American second team as a junior and first team as a senior... Won league championship as a freshman at Santa Ynez High School and as a junior at Santa Barbara High... Santa Barbara High team won CIF title her junior and senior years... Plays club for Santa Barbara Water Polo Foundation... Won Junior Olympics gold as 18-under in 2003... A member of the CSF Honor Society for seven semesters.
PERSONAL: Craig is majoring in sociology... Parents are Steve and Dale... Has two brothers, Jeff and Tony... Favorite pastime is surfing at Refugio Beach... Birthdate is July 21, 1987.