The eye-popping numbers were shared on a graphic on the USA Water Polo Instagram account:
All of that since the fall of 2016 following Olympic gold in Rio. So it goes without saying that the USA Water Polo Women’s National Team is once again FINA’s top women’s water polo team.
The honour comes after the latest World Championships, Pan Am Games gold, and Super Final crown. The Super Final title started off another podium-filled summer and more importantly confirmed the team’s spot in the Tokyo Olympics.
The results come from a truly collective effort.
We can smile together and feel pure joy
“We aspire to play freely as one, which means emotionally, mentally, and physically,” captain Maggie Steffens said. “This takes extra effort every day. This way, if we are able to achieve our dream and stand on the podium, we can smile together and feel pure joy from the way we played and the way we played for one another.”
Beside host Japan, Team USA was the first through the door to punch a ticket to Tokyo, and it was the main goal the team had set for 2019.
“Our team doesn’t focus on the number of wins or a streak, we focus on the way we play and the way we represent ourselves and our country. We focus on the training and the journey, so we can be our best when the opportunity presents itself,” Steffens said. “This team is about playing as a team and for the team, working hard and working smart, and constantly striving to improve. Making history has been a fortunate by-product of our values which we are proud to contribute to the women before us, the women after us, and to the future growth of our sport, men and women.”
It's that focus on the team above everything else that has allowed this squad to succeed for so long, no matter what is put in their way.