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Seidemann, Clark among USA vets on National Team roster

 

The current college water polo season is keeping local members of the USA Women's Senior National Team to a bare minimum, with only two named to the squad for the upcoming FINA Women's Intercontinental tournament.

Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann and Menlo Park's KK Clark from Sacred Heart Prep and UCLA were named to Team USA on Monday by head coach Adam Krikorian.


Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark of Menlo Park. Photo courtesy of USA Water Polo.
Seidemann and Clark are among 13 players who will participate in the tourney set for April 28-May 3 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Team USA will open competition on April 28 against Brazil. The Americans also will take on China and Kazakhstan to close out group play. The top four finishers from this event will qualify for the FINA World League Super Final.

With the NCAA women's season still in full swing during this competition, the USA squad will be comprised of National Team veterans like Seidemann and Clark and six rising stars from the high school ranks.

Among the prep players are Aria and Makenzie Fischer of Laguna Beach High, the daughters of former Stanford All-American Eric Fischer.

Makenzie Fischer and National Team member Madison Berggren are both Stanford signees. The pair was among six prep standouts who committed to the Cardinal in mid-November.

Fischer previously played with the Senior Team on a number of occasions. She scored five goals in helping Team USA to gold at the 2014 FINA World League Super Final in Kunshan, China this past June and tallied six goals en route to silver at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament in Riverside, Calif. in May.

In the span of one calendar year, Fischer won two world championships for her country, first with the USA Water Polo Women's Junior National Team at the FINA Women's Junior World Championship in Volos, Greece in August 2013 and again this past August with the USA Water Polo Youth National Team at the FINA Youth World Championships in Madrid.

She also participated in a training trip to Italy in March and scored against the Italian Women's National Team in an exhibition match played at the historic indoor Foro Italico. Recently voted CIF Division I Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, Fischer guided Laguna Beach to an undefeated season and a second consecutive Division I crown.

Berggren, a two-time veteran of USA Water Polo Youth National Teams (2013 and 2014), will be making her first appearance with the senior squad. Last August, she joined Fischer, fellow signee Kat Klass and current Stanford freshman Jordan Raney on the gold-medal winning USA squad at the FINA Youth World Championships in Madrid.

The title capped an undefeated week for Team USA, which beat Hungary, South Africa, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece and Canada en route to its first-ever FINA Youth World Championship. Berggren scored four times for her country in the tournament, highlighted by a three-goal performance in an Aug. 27 victory over Germany.

Berggren led Tualatin High School to Oregon state championships in 2011, 2013 and 2014 and was named State Tournament MVP each of the past two seasons. The left-handed driver scored nine of the Timberwolves' 16 goals in their 16-10 title-game victory over West Albany in late November.

— USA Water Polo/Palo Alto Online Sports

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