USC’s Kami Craig & Kaleigh Gilchrist Win Gold With Team USA In Rio|
Aug. 19, 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO — In a busy final day of women’s water polo action in Rio, five Women of Troy wrapped their Olympic adventures while Team USA’s Kami Craig and Kaleigh Gilchrist helped win Olympic gold. The defending Olympic champions had Trojan Kami Craig back in the water for the third straight Games, bringing along experience from the 2008 Olympics (silver) and 2012 Olympics (gold). Vraig hammered in one goal to help the United States to a powerful 12-5 win over Italy in the final. That brings Craig her second straight Olympic gold medal, while Gilchrist collects her first medal at the Games as a first-time Olympian.
In the fifth-place game today, two 2014 NCAA Championship teammates would square off for their respective countries. Junior Hannah Buckling was a solid presence for the Aussies, but it was Spain that won the day. Buckling’s 2013 NCAA Championship teammate Anni Espar plugged in one goal for the Spaniards to help Spain along to a 12-10 victory and a fifth-place finish for the 2012 Olympic silver medalists.
Host Brazil featured a hometown hero in current Trojan and Rio de Janeiro native Victória Chamorro. Fresh off winning the 2016 NCAA Championship with the Women of Troy, Chamorro headed home to Rio to team back up with her Brazilian counterparts. The host team played in the seventh-place game today and wound up falling 10-5 to China to take eighth in the 2016 Olympic Games. Chamorro took command of the cage in this one and made seven saves to back up the Brazilian defense.
Craig and Gilchrist have now collected USC’s fifth and sixth gold medals of these 2016 Olympic Games. Craig now holds two golds (2012 & 2016) and a silver (2008) in her three Olympic appearances, while Gilchrist has claimed gold in her Olympic debut. As a university, USC has 12 medals in these Games.