Group Play Ends with CWPA Alumni Making the Difference on Day 3 of FINA Women's World Championship

Kirsten Hudson
Kirsten Hudson

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Betsey Armstrong (United States of America), Kirsten Hudson (New Zealand), Bronwen Knox (Australia), Sophie Smith (Australia), Barbara Amaro (Brazil), Marina Zablith (Brazil), Jemma Dendy-Young (South Africa), Ryan Castle (Kazakhstan) and Mark Koganov (Azerbaijan) continued the Collegiate Water Polo Association's (CWPA) showing on Day 3 of the FINA Women's World Championship in Shanghai, China.

A Hall of Fame player in the league at the University of Michigan, Armstrong recorded six saves in the first half as the United States knocked off Kazkhstan 14-4 to win the Americans group and earn a bye in the quarterfinals.  The game had a CWPA connection on both ends of the tank as the Kazakhstan National Team is coached by current Hartwick College assistant coach Castle.

Among Hartwick College alumni, Hudson notched one goal for New Zealand in a 11-4 loss to Canada, while Knox recorded a hat-trick and Smith tossed in a pair for Australia in a 27-2 victory over Uzbekistan.  For Brazil, Zablith factored and Amaro as the team fell by a 12-4 final to Spain.  Finally, current Hawks' student-athlete Dendy-Young ripped in a decider as South Africa tied Cuba 9-9.

Out of the water and on the deck, CWPA referee Koganov, who is representing his native Republic of Azerbaijan as a neutral referee for the tournament, handled a 10-9 victory by Italy over host China in Day 3 competition after not handling a game in the second round of the tournament.

For complete results of the tournament, go to the FINA page by clicking here.

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