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Waterpolo - 01. April 2007.

USA Are World Champions

USA Are World Champions

USA WOMEN ARE THE 2007 WORLD CHAMPIONS!

Team USA takes home the gold and the top goalkeeper award after a flawless finish at the FINA World Championships

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Center, March 31, 2007 - When competitors are as evenly matched as the United States and Australia, it is often difficult for either team to get an advantage in the water. In tonight’s grueling battle of two defensive powerhouses, Team USA ultimately came out on top, defeating Australia 6-5.

In the first half of today's championship match, both teams fought tirelessly to get the upper hand. After 16 minutes of regulation play, the score was tied 1-1, with Australia's Suzannah Fraser opening up the board in the first quarter and U.S.'s Moriah van Norman leveling it up in the second. The U.S. jumped ahead in the third quarter scoring four goals to Australia's three. Captain Brenda Villa scored two goals in that period, while Australia’s captain Mel Rippon worked to bring the home town team back up with an incredible outside lob goal. The teams traded goals in the fourth quarter, until breakout star, Lauren Wenger contributed her third goal for the game at 1:25 to give Team USA a one goal advantage. With their win tonight, the USA Women reclaim their 2003 World Championship title. This was the U.S. Women's third consecutive time in the gold medal round, winning gold in 2003 and silver in 2005.

The United States went unchallenged the entire tournament, winning all six of their games including three preliminary match-ups, quarter finals, semi-finals and tonight’s gold medal round. Goalkeeper Elizabeth Armstrong was recognized by the FINA Federation as the tournament’s Outstanding Goalkeeper. This was Armstrong’s first World Championship appearance.

SCORE BY QUARTER

USA 0 1 4 1 = 6

AUS 1 0 3 1 = 5

USA GOAL SCORERS

Wenger 3

Villa 2

van Norman 1

AUS GOAL SCORERS

Cuffe 1

Fraser 1

Gynther 1

Knox 1

Rippon 1

GOALKEEPER SAVES

USA Armstrong 12/17

AUS Knox 11/ 17

For the latest on the 12th FINA World Championships, keep an eye on http://www.melbourne2007.com.au. For up to date information on Team USA and to view the team’s photo gallery and game recaps, go to www.usawaterpolo.org.

For more information on USA Water Polo or its National Team programs, please contact ntprograms@usawaterpolo.org or call the USAWP office at 562.799.8506.

USA Water Polo, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation and is the national governing body for the sport of water polo in the United States under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The mission of USA Water Polo is to grow the sport of water polo throughout the United States and win gold medals in Olympic, World Championship, and Pan American Games.

World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) will be delivering exclusive live and on-demand video coverage of the 12th FINA World Championships from Melbourne, Australia as part of its commitment to providing quality content for U.S. fans of aquatic sports, letting them follow their favorite competitors throughout the year. Beginning March 19, WCSN.com will have highlights of all the day’s events and will broadcast select USA Men’s and Women’s matches, as well as the Gold medal games.

Contact: Jennifer Ross, USAWP Media Relations

562-799-8506, ext. 117

jross@usawaterpolo.org

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