USC’s Craig & Gilchrist Are Through To Gold Medal Game With Team USA|
Aug. 17, 2016
Two Women of Troy are guaranteed to leave Rio with an Olympic medal, thanks to Team USA’s powerful semifinal win today. Both NCAA Champions as Trojans — four years apart — Kami Craig and Kaleigh Gilchrist will now play for a gold medal on August 19.
Craig — and 2010 NCAA champ as a Trojan — and Gilchrist — a 2013 champion — both scored in Team USA’s 14-10 win over Hungary in the Olympic semifinals. Now, the United States is in line to defend its 2012 gold medal when the Americans face Italy in the Olympic final at 11:30 a.m. PT on August 19. Craig already has a silver (2008) and gold (2012) medal with Team USA, while Gilchrist is in search of her first Olympic hardware as a first-time Olympian.
Also in action on the semifinal day of play for the women in Rio were three other Women of Troy. In the consolation semifinals, Australia got a goal from former Trojan Hannah Buckling — another 2013 NCAA champion — to help the Aussies overpower host Brazil 11-4. USC’s current goalie and a member of the 2016 national championship team, Victória Chamorro, plays for Brazil but did not cap up in the cage in this one. In the other consolation semifinal, yet another 2013 NCAA champion was a force for her country. Spain’s Anni Espar blasted two goals to help the Spaniards to an 11-6 victory over China.
Now the two NCAA teammates, Buckling and Espar, will square off in the fifth-place game on August 19. Chamorro and team Brazil, meanwhile, will play China for seventh place in women’s Olympic water polo competition.
For full schedule and links to live streams, go to usctrojans.com/rio2016/schedule-and-events.html