CWPA Hall-of-Fame Member Betsey Armstrong Named Swimming World Magazine Female Player of the Year
PHOENIX, Ariz. --
Former University of Michigan water polo standout and USA National
Team member Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) was named
Female Player of the Year by Swimming World Magazine and
will be featured in the December issue of the magazine. Armstrong
was joined by Male Player of the Year Andrija Prlainovic of
Armstrong led the United States National Team to its third world championship this decade at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, in July. She made 67 saves on 119 shots in seven games in the cage. She clinched her second FINA gold medal with 11 saves in the championship game against Canada on July 31.
She has been a member of the USA National Team since 2006, securing gold at the XV Pan American Games, FINA World League and the 2007 and 2009 FINA World Championships. She also guided the United States to a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.
Before joining the national team, Armstrong put together a prolific collegiate career while tending the net for the University of Michigan. A 2008 Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame inductee, she scored All-America recognition four times and was a Cutino Award finalist as the nation's top player during the 2004 season. She earned a pair of divisional Most Valuable Player honors (2003-04) and owns every major career goalkeeping record at Michigan.
The award was chosen by Swimming World Magazine's editors based on input from various water polo entities throughout the world.
Release courtesy University of Michigan Athletic Communications