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Stanford's Steffens leads USA women into FINA tourney

 

With the Rio Olympics on the horizon, the USA Women's Senior National Team is getting closer to solidifying its roster for the Summer Games with the FINA World League Super Final next up in Shanghai, China.

U.S. head coach Adam Krikorian has named the roster of 14 athletes that will compete starting June 7 and it includes the same 13 athletes who represented the USA at the FINA Women's Intercontinental Tournament in Texas and the Olympic Qualification Tournament in the Netherlands in March.

The Americans will open competition against Brazil in Shanghai. Other group play opponents include Canada and Spain. Team captain Maggie Steffens, a Stanford senior who redshirted this past season, leads a group into action that has won gold at the past two and six of the past seven FINA World League Super Finals.

The one new addition to the roster from those events is defender Alys Williams. While Team USA will bring 14 athletes to Shanghai, only 13 will be permitted to play in each match with changes allowed before each match.

Team USA is currently in Kunshan, China competing in the Kunshan Cup, a warm-up event for the FINA World League Super Final. Through two days of competition the United States has defeated Brazil, 18-3, and lost to Australia, 5-4. They will play Canada, China and Shanghai (local club team) before concluding play on June 4.

The FINA World League Super Final represents the final major international tournament before the Olympic Games start on August 9 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

USA Water Polo will announce the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team on June 16. At the end of June the USA Women will take on Hungary in a three game series in Miami, Greenwich, and the Bronx.

The USA roster for the Super League final includes Stanford grads Melissa Seidemann and Kiley Neushul, Menlo Park's KK Clark, incoming Stanford freshman Mackenzie Fischer and Steffens.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo

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