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Women's water polo gold: Will it inspire a new generation?

Mon, Aug 20 2012 02:48 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents

There was one curious statistic attached to the 2012 United States Olympic Team: There were more female athletes on Team USA than male athletes.

Perhaps it’s not surprising then that women’s sports starred in the team medal count. The Americans won gold medals in women’s soccer, women’s basketball ... and women’s water polo.

The latter gold medal was unexpected. Women’s water polo only became an Olympic sport in 2000 and this was Team USA’s first gold medal. The Americans finished with silver in 2008.

The U.S. defeated Spain, 8-5, in London.

Closer to home, Otay Ranch High School senior Sarah Medina came home from the 2012 Junior Olympic Nationals in the Bay Area with a bronze medal after her 16U San Diego Shores club team took third place in its division following a 4-2 victory against Santa Clara.

Shores went 5-3 in the four-day tournament that wrapped up Aug. 5.

Medina, the 2011-12 Mesa League Player of the Year, tallied 19 goals, 15 steals, seven assists, 10 ejections earned and four five-meters earned in eight games.

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