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Johnson Helps USA Water Polo Repeat as FINA World Cup Champions

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 08/18/2014
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PRINCETON, N.J. – Garnering Outstanding Goalkeeper honors, Princeton University rising junior Ashleigh Johnson helped lead the United States senior women’s national water polo team to a gold medal at the 2014 FINA World Cup at the Ugra State University Sports Complex in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

Appearing in four of the team’s six matches, Johnson recorded 27 saves during the tournament. Competing in Group B against Hungary, Australia and South Africa, Team USA began its run with an 18-1 victory over South Africa as Johnson made three saves.

Amassing seven stops in her second appearance, Johnson helped the national team to an 8-6 decision over Australia before Team USA wrapped up group play with a 15-10 triumph over Hungary. After recording six saves in a 24-0 quarterfinal rout of Singapore, Johnson logged 11 stops in a semifinal triumph over China.

Downing Australia in the title tilt (10-6), the United States became the first team to successfully defend its World Cup crown (2010, 2014) since the Netherlands captured the 1997 and 1999 editions. The Dutch have won a championship-best 12 medals, followed by Australia and Team USA with 10 and nine, respectively. The third gold medal for the United States, Team USA can also lay claim to five silvers and a bronze.

Earlier this summer, Johnson went 2-0-1 at the Kirishi Cup, amassing 37 saves in 10 quarters en route to Player of the Tournament honors. Tallying 14 stops in a 10-6 victory over Russia, she racked up a record 17 saves in a 7-7 draw against Spain before surrendering just one first half goal while posting six saves in the final against the Netherlands.

In her first two seasons with the Tigers, Johnson has helped Princeton to a pair of CWPA Southern Division championships. A two-time ACWPC All-America selection, she logged 885:35 minutes in net last season, going 28-2 with a .704 save percentage, 43 steals and seven assists. During her rookie campaign, Johnson posted a 28-6 mark with a .668 save percentage, 22 assists and 47 steals.

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