CWPA Alumni Continues Strong Showing on Day 2 of FINA Women's World Championship
SHANGHAI, China -- Seven former/current Collegiate Water Polo Association All-Conference student-athletes along with current Hartwick College assistant coach Ryan Castle, continue to show the colors of the league on Day 2 of the FINA Women's Water Polo World Championship in Shanghai, China.
Betsey Armstrong (United States of America), who starred at the University of Michigan and was inducted into the CWPA Hall of Fame, made 11 saves for Team USA in a 16-7 victory over Hungary. The win improves the United States to 1-0-1 in the tournament as the Americans will next face Kazakhstan in the final game on Group A action on Thursday.
For the United States, the head coach on the other end of the tank will look familiar as the Kazkhstan National Team is coached by current Hartwick assistant and former Arizona State University assistant/head men's club coach Castle.
In second round competition, Castle and Kazakhstan fell to the Netherlands, the defending Olympic champion, by a 13-3 final.
The highlight match of the day from the CWPA standpoint was the meeting of Australia and New Zealand as three Harrtwick College alumni clashed with Kirsten Hudson (New Zealand) netting one goal, Sophie Smith (Australia) contributing and Bronwen Knox (Australia) burying two tallies in a 12-4 Australia victory.
Australia will continue the tournament against Uzbekistan, while New Zealand will next face Canada on Thursday.
The Hawks' international alumni also made an impact in two other games as Barbara Amaro (Brazil) and Marina Zablith (Brazil) each tallied once in an 11-8 loss by Brazil to Greece. Brazil will next face Spain in the conclusion of group play.
Further, current Hartwick student-athlete Jemma Dendy-Young (South Africa) contributed during an 18-2 loss against Italy. South Africa will next face Cuba.
CWPA referee Mark
Koganov, who is representing his native Republic of Azerbaijan as a referee for the tournament, did
not handle a game in the second round of competition.
For complete results of the tournament, go to the FINA page by clicking here.