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Trojans Collect Medals At FINA Water Polo World Championships

Jul 12, 2022

Six members of USC's contingent of water polo Trojans competing at the 2022 FINA World Championships emerged with medals at the event, led by five Women of Troy hailing from Team USA, which won yet another gold medal at the event. On the men's side, Kostas Genidounias claimed bronze with Greece — adding to his collection of medals for his country. In all, USC had 15 Trojans in action at the championships, held June 18-July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

For the U.S. women, veteran Kaleigh Gilchrist snagged her 16th gold medal with Team USA — her third FINA World Championship gold. Goalie Amanda Longan also now holds three FINA World Championship golds. Gilchrist and Longan also won Olympic gold in Tokyo along with fellow Trojan Stephania Haralabidis, who also helped Team USA to gold in Budapest for her second FINA Worlds title. That Trojan trio was joined by recent USC grad Denise Mammolito and current Trojan Bayley Weber for their first FINA World Championship appearance and first gold medals with Team USA. Other Women of Troy competing at Worlds were Anni Espar (Spain — 5th), Tilly Kearns (Australia — 6th), Verica Bakoc (Canada — 9th) and Hayley McKelvey (Canada — 9th).

A bronze medalist with Greece at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Kostas Genidounias now has his eighth medal with Greece. Genidounias helped his Greek team to bronze at the FINA World Championships for his first medal at the event. USC's other Trojans competing on the men's side in Hungary were Team USA's Hannes Daube, Jake Ehrhardt and Marko Vavic, who helped the United States finish sixth overall. For 11th-place Australia, USC had representation in Blake Edwards and Nic Porter.

TROJANS AT 2022 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:

MEN
Australia — 11th place
Blake Edwards$
Nic Porter*^

Greece — Bronze 
Kostas Genidounias$^

USA — 6th place
Hannes Daube$^
Jake Ehrhardt*^
Marko Vavic$^

WOMEN
Australia — 6th place
Tilly Kearns$*

Canada — 9th place
Verica Bakoc*^
Hayley McKelvey$^

Spain — 5th place
Anni Espar$^

USA — Gold
Kaleigh Gilchrist$^
Stephania Haralabidis$^
Amanda Longan$^
Denise Mammolito*^
Bayley Weber*^

* — first appearance at FINA World Championships
$ — Olympian
^ —  NCAA Champion