Gold, Silver & Bronze For Women of Troy In Russia
Aug. 18, 2014
The podium at the 2014 FINA World Cup was packed with Women of Troy this past weekend, marking a clean sweep for the five USC players representing three different countries at the major international tournament in Russia. The United States won it all, beating out Australia in the gold-medal game, while Spain took bronze.
For recent USC grad Kaleigh Gilchrist, the gold-medal win with Team USA marked her first top finish at the top level. An All-American at USC and a 2013 NCAA Champion, Gilchrist was a recent addition to the U.S. roster and she most certainly proved her worth at FINA World Cup. She teamed up with another USC national champion who is now a full-fledged veteran for Team USA. A two-time Olympian, Kami Craig is no stranger to the top of the medal stand. She plugged in 11 goals during the World Cup to help drive USA to the gold, with Gilchrist tacking up five in her first major international action with Team USA. Craig was also named to the Media All-Star Team for her outstanding work for the United States' winning effort.
For silver-medalist Australia, there were two Trojans also in action. Former Trojan and All-American Hannah Buckling was a teammate of Gilchrist's at the 2013 NCAA Championship, alongside current Trojan Jayde Appel. Both Buckling and Appel notched three goals apiece for the Aussies during their run to the silver medal at the FINA World Cup. Appel is due to return to Troy for the coming 2015 season with the Trojans.
Also hailing from the 2013 NCAA Championship squad was Spanish standout Anni Espar. An Olympic silver-medalist with Spain, Espar was an All-American at USC and continues to shine for Spain. She delivered a whopping four goals for her country in the bronze-medal game over the weekend, running her tournament total up to 11 as she and her Spanish teammates hauled in another medal.
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