BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Hartwick College veterans Kirsten Hudson (New Zealand), Barbara Amaro (Brazil), Bronwen Knox (Australia), Sophie Smith (Australia), Marina Zablith (Brazil) and current player Jemma Dendy Young (South Africa), along with former University of Michigan standout Betsey Armstrong (United States of America) shined on Day 1 of the FINA Women's World Championship in Shanghai, China.
Hudson netted a game-high six goals in helping her native New Zealand dispatch Uzbekistan 19-6 in the opening round, while Armstrong stopped seven shots in aiding the United States in garnering a 7-7 tie versus reigning Olympic champion the Netherlands.
Armstrong and the USA will continue the tournament on July 19 versus Hungary, while Hudson and New Zealand take on Australia, a team that features two fellow Hawks' alumni in Knox and Smith.
Knox tallied a goal, while Smith did not find the back of the cage, as Australia fell to Canada 10-7 in the opening round to set-up a meeting with New Zealand.
The Hartwick connection on the international stage continues as Zablith scored once and Amaro played solid defense in a 15-4 loss by Brazil to Russia to before a meeting with Greece in the next round, while Young scored twice in a 22-5 loss by the Republic of South Africa to China as South Africa will next be in action against Italy.
Among Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) coaches, Hartwick assistant coach Ryan Castle is serving as head coach of the Kazakhstan Women’s National Water Polo Team. In first round action, Kazakhstan fell to Hungary 21-6 as Castle's squad will next face the Netherlands on July 19.
The league also has a member among the officiating corps as Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) referee Mark Koganov is representing his native Republic of Azerbaijan as a referee for the tournament. On Day 1 of the tournament, he officiated during a 10-9 Greece victory over Spain.
results of the tournament, go to the FINA page by clicking here.