May 21, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis senior attacker and two-time All-America honorable mention pick Carmen Eggert has been selected to one of two USA Water Polo Senior National Team rosters, it was announced by that organization Tuesday. Both USA teams will compete at the FINA World League Prelims in Los Alamitos this weekend.
Eggert is one of 12 players on the American No. 2 team while 15 players made the No. 1 roster. The USA Team 1 team will play in all of the official games at the World League Prelims and will travel to the World League Super Final in Beijing, China on June 1-6. After that, head coach Adam Krikorian and his staff will select from the full field of 27 players in assembling a team for the FINA World Championships in Barcelona this July.
A three-time All-Big West Conference honoree, Eggert is the first Aggie from the program's varsity era (starting in 1997) to make the Senior National Team. If she makes the travel squad for Barcelona, she will become the fourth UC Davis women's water polo player in both club or varsity eras to compete at the world championships. The previous Aggies, all of whom starred in the club era, were Nancy Corstorphine, Jamie Doan and Heather Kohler. The 14-player roster for the world championships traditionally is announced in the weeks preceding the tournament.
The formation of the USA Senior National Team rosters begins a quadrennial cycle that includes a biannual world championship tournament plus a World Cup, and culminates in each Summer Olympic Games. The American squad won the gold medal in London in 2012.
Eggert, who also awaits the announcement of the All-America squads from the coaches' association, led UC Davis in goals (80), points (105, tied), 6-on-5 shooting (29-for-48), steals (55), drawn exclusions (50) and field blocks (27) in 2013. She finished her career as the program's No. 3 all-time scorer.
The FINA World League Prelims begins with an exhibition game between the two USA squads at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24. Saturday's match between USA 1 and Brazil at 3 p.m., plus the USA 2 vs. Canada exhibition game at 4:20, will be streamed live at www.usawaterpolo.org.