Six Bruins helped Team USA win its second consecutive women’s water polo Olympic gold medal on Friday. The Americans defeated Italy 12-5 in the gold medal match.
Former UCLA water polo player and coach Adam Krikorian coached the squad to gold, while KK Clark (2009-12), Rachel Fattal (redshirt senior), Courtney Mathewson (2005-08), Maddie Musselman (incoming freshmen) and Sami Hill (2011-15) represented Team USA in the pool.
Incoming freshmen Madison Kocian (gymnastics) and Jessie Fleming (women’s soccer) also won medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Kocian won a gold medal in the team gymnastics competition and an individual silver on the uneven bars. Fleming won bronze with the Canadian women’s soccer team.
Incoming freshman Jessie Fleming helped Team Canada to a bronze medal in women’s soccer at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Fleming, a midfielder, played a pivotal role in Friday’s medal-clinching 2-1 win as she set up the winning goal against Brazil. She started the play with a steal and sent the pass forward to Deanne Rose, who assisted Christine Sinclair‘s goal.
Incoming freshman Madison Kocian added an individual silver medal to her Olympic haul Sunday as she took home the silver medal on uneven bars.
After she helped Team USA to gold medal in the team competition, Kocian scored a 15.833 on bars in the event final. She narrowly lost out to Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, who defended her Olympic bars title with a 15.900 score.
Incoming UCLA freshman Madison Kocian helped Team USA secure back-to-back team gold medals in women’s gymnastics on Tuesday. It’s the first medal for a UCLA athlete so far in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Kocian competed on bars in the team final and scored a 15.933 for Team USA. The United States have historically struggled on uneven bars, which made Kocian an important piece of the team’s success this year as that event is her specialty. She is scheduled to compete in the bar event final on Aug. 14.