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US Women's Water Polo Goes For Gold With A Dozen Pac-12 Athletes

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Players compete for position in the Women's Water Polo semifinal match between Australia and the United States at the Water Polo Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Players compete for position in the Women's Water Polo semifinal match between Australia and the United States at the Water Polo Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The United States women's national soccer team isn't the only squad filled with Pac-12 talents going for gold. The women's water polo team is almost entirely dominated by MPSF conference teams (Cal, Stanford, UCLA and USC) as they attempt to win gold when they take on Spain. Here's a quick look at the players to watch in today's match up against Spain.

There are 12 Pac-12 players on the roster. The breakout star is Maggie Steffans, who's had a sensational Olympic games. At 19 years old, the Stanford star has racked up a tournament high 16 goals on an efficient 22 shots. She plays with her sister Jessica, another Stanford star.

Courtney Mathewson (UCLA) leads the team in extra player shots with five goals on eight shots. She has seven goals overall, second most on the team. Melissa Seidemann (Stanford) is tied for third on the team in scoring at six goals on eighteen attempts. Seidemann is currently tied with Kami Craig (USC), who helped score a crucial goal to lift the United States over Australia in extra time. Craig has three goals on four shot attempts, tying her for third overall in the competition.

Brenda Villa (Stanford) has done well on 5 meter shots, nabbing four goals on 15 shots to tie for third overall on the women's water polo side.Kelly Rulon (UCLA) is the team's top sprinter, with ten sprints and three goals overall. She's scored four goals so far in this tournament.

Other members of the team include Elsie Windes and Heather Petri of Cal, Annika Dries of Stanford, and Lauren Wenger and Tumua Anae of USC. Three Trojans, five Cardinal, two Bears and two Bruins overall from the Pac-12.

Anna Espar of USC will be competing for Spain in the gold medal match. Rowie Webster of Arizona State plays for Canada in the bronze medal match against Rita Kesthelyi (ASU) and Flora Bolonyai (USC) of Hungary, guaranteeing the conference 13 individual medals at the very least from women's water polo.

More coverage of women's water polo on SB Nation can be found on The Skip Shot.