Women of Troy take aim at a fifth national championship as NCAA action runs May 8-10 at Avery Aquatic Center.
USC's all-time leading scorer helped the Trojans win their first-ever national championship as a freshman in 1999. She is playing in her third Olympic Games, having played for Hungary in 2004 and 2008 before moving to Italy and marrying an Italian man, and is now competing for Italy in this 2012 Games in London. One of USC's most decorated athletes, Pelle was a four-time All-American and won the 2000 Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation's top collegiate water polo player.
2002: Pelle finished as USC's all-time leading scorer after providing 57 goals in her senior season for a career total of 255... Named to All-America Second Team and All-MPSF First Team.
COACH VAVIC SAYS: "Aniko is one of the fastest players in the nation. She is great on the counterattack. As one of the better defenders on the team, we like to match her up with an opponent's top offensive player. She has a wealth of experience. As a former winner of the Peter J. Cutino Award, we look for her to lead this team."
2001: In her 2001 junior season, Pelle was second on the team with 81 goals...earned All-America second team and All-MPSF second team honors...recorded a career-high eight goals on April 8 in a 16-3 win against UC Irvine...scored six goals on April 14 in a 25-0 win against UC Santa Cruz at the Long Beach Tournament.
2000: After recording a team-leading 64 goals as a sophomore in 2000, Pelle earned the Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation's top female water polo player...also earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Field Player of the Year and Southern California Regional All-Tournament first team honors...recorded eight goals in three games during the Southern California Regional, including three in USC's 9-7 win over UCLA in the championship match...scored a season-high six goals in USC's 13-7 win over Hawai'i on Feb. 24 at McDonald's Swim Stadium...also played with the Hungarian National Team and participated in the 1999 Fina Cup and 1999 European Championships.
1999: She was USC's top offensive threat as a 1999 freshman, scoring a team-high 52 goals, leading to All-American first team, All-MPSF first team, All-National Championships first team and MPSF Tournament MVP...finished third in balloting for the Peter J. Cutino Award for the top female collegiate water polo player...also named a two-time MPSF Player of the Week (the only player in the conference to receive the honor twice)...once had an eight-game scoring streak (19 goals), scored four goals in a game three times (vs. San Diego State, Long Beach State and Pacific) and had 17 multiple-goal games...scored five goals at the National Championships and had seven goals at the MPSF Championships...was held without a goal in only seven of 32 games (and never in back-to-back games).
PERSONAL: Pelle has played with the Hungarian National Team since 1995, and helped the team to a seventh-place finish at the World Championships and two top-five finishes in the European Championships...also played with the Hungarian Junior National Team...with various club teams, she has placed second twice and third three times at the Hungarian Championships, and was the top scorer in 1998...her brother plays water polo on the men's Hungarian National Team...enjoys watching other sports, listening to music and reading...majoring in business...her sports hero is Kristina Egerszegi, a Hungarian gold-medal winner in swimming...has a 3.44 GPA...made the 1999 AWPCA All-Academic team...birthdate is Sept. 28, 1978.