Team USA scores big in opener of FINA world championship

Stanford grad Maggie Steffens takes a shot. Photo tweeted by USA Water Polo.

Stanford grad Jamie Neushul scored six goals and Cardinal grad Melissa Seidemann added five goals as the United States senior national women's water team opened the FINA World Championships with an overwhelming 24-2 victory over South Africa in Budapest on Sunday.

The U.S. will meet Spain on Tuesday in pool play. Spain beat New Zealand 10-2 earlier Sunday.

Melissa Seidemann
The winner of the USA-Spain match will have the upper hand in Group B.

The Americans (21-1, 1-0) won their 16th straight, last losing to Australia in an Intercontinental tournament in Davis at the end of May.

Team USA owns the title of every major international competition, having won the worlds two years ago in Kunsan, Russia, the World Grand Prix, the World League Super Final and the Rio Olympics.

The U.S. scored the game's first 13 goals, taking a 13-0 lead into halftime. South Africa managed two goals within the first three minutes of the third period but that was it.

Stanford grad Kiley Neushul added three goals, Cardinal sophomore Makenzie Fischer had two and incoming Stanford freshman Aria Fischer added a pair.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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