Representing the United States in South Korea, the Stanford women's water polo team opened up the 2015 World University Games with a 7-7 tie against Australia on Friday morning in Gwangju.
Kat Klass and Jamie Neushul each scored three times for Team USA, while Shannon Cleary tallied a second-quarter score of her own.
Jamie Neushul/Photo by Norbert von der Groeben/isiphotos.com
Stymied in the third quarter and tied 4-4 with Australia heading into the fourth, Jamie Neushul took over for Team USA in the final frame. The 2015 ACWPC All-America honorable mention rattled the cage three times in the period. Australia took its first lead of the game, 5-4, with an exclusion goal at 6:34 before Neushul reeled off three in a row.
She scored even-strength tallies at 5:41, 5:01 and 4:19 to give her country its first two-goal advantage of the morning. The first came on an assist from Klass, the second off a Neushul steal and the final on the counter with a nice feed from Gabby Stone.
Australia pulled closer with a goal at 2:58 and ultimately tied the game with a man-up goal from Madeleine Steere with just 30 seconds remaining.
Neushul added three steals while Dani Jackovich had a pair. Gabby Stone played the entire game in the cage, made eight saves on 15 attempts and had five steals of her own.
The United States and Australia each earned one point for the tie. Team USA returns to action on Sunday when it faces France in Group B action. France lost to Italy, 5-2, to begin its tournament on Friday.
Stanford grad Felicia Lee won her heat of the 50 butterfly with a time of 26.76, second fastest overall to China's Ying Lu, who went 26.55 at the Nambu University Aquatics Center.
Lee and Cardinal junior Lia Neal swam on the Americans 400 free relay team, helping them to win their heat with a time of 3:40.04, just off the event's record time of 3:38.15 set by Russia two years ago.
The U.S. topped Australia, 19-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-8, in pool play on Friday.
Stanford's Kyle Dagostino and Kevin Rakestraw started all five sets for the Americans.
Dagostino recorded four digs and 10 receptions as the libero and Rakestraw had 10 kills at opposite hitter.
California's Janardana Burns won his heat of the 800 freestyle in 7:59.06, the second-fastest overall time.
Cardinal grad Chad La Tourette holds the university games record at 7:47.24, a time he swam in 2009.
Brazil's Henrique De Sousa Martins went 23.38 in the fastest heat of the 50 butterfly.
Stanford grad Jason Dunsford, swimming for Kenya, set the event record of 23.09 in 2009.
Stanford sophomore Sam Perry swam the second leg of New Zealand's 400 free relay that finished second in its heat, to Italy.