Women's Water Polo
    USC’s Craig & Gilchrist Move To Olympic Semifinals With Team USA

    Aug. 15, 2016

    All five Women of Troy were in action again today in Rio, battling it out in the quarterfinal round for a spot in the semis to get within reach of the Olympic podium. When the waves subsided, only two USC representatives were able to move on through to the semifinals, as the United States — featuring three-time Olympian Kami Craig and first-time Olympian Kaleigh Gilchrist — pinned up a powerful quarterfinal win to advance.

    Team USA’s Craig and Gilchrist had to go up against fellow Trojan — and current USC goalie — Victória Chamorro of Brazil in this one. Chamorro would collect eight saves for the home squad, but the Americans were potent and Craig and Gilchrist combined for three USA goals in a 13-3 win over the Brazilians. Gilchrist struck twice and Craig scored one in the victory as Team USA now moves to the Aug. 17 semifinals against Hungary at 8:20 a.m. PT. Chamorro and Team Brazil, meanwhile, move into the consolation semis.

    USC two other representative — both teammates on the 2013 NCAA Championship team with Gilchrist — were representing two different countries in Rio. Hannah Buckling and her Aussies would wind up on the wrong end of a penalty shootout decision against Hungary to decide their quarterfinal clash. After an 8-8 tie in regulation, the Hungarians won out in penalties to steal away a semifinal spot, while Australia is relegated to a consolation semifinal against Brazil at 7 a.m. on Aug. 17.

    Wrapping up the day’s action for the Trojan contingent was 2012 Olympic silver-medalist Anni Espar, who had helped Spain along to another Olympic quarterfinal. Up against Russia today, Spain came up short. Espar provided a goal, but Hungary was able to build up a 12-10 victory over the Spaniards. Espar and Team Spain now go to a 11:10 a.m. consolation semifinal on Aug. 17.