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Courtney Mathewson – USA, Water polo – Long Beach City College asst. water polo coach

Courtney Mathewson was tired. Tired of all the countless laps and countless hours spent in the pool building up stamina for the competitive swim season. Water polo looked like it was a lot more fun, so she gave the sport a try and it changed her life.

Now the former UCLA student and current Long Beach City College assistant water polo coach is an Olympian.

Mathewson, 25, is an attacker for Team USA and helped her squad take the gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics with an 8-5 victory over Spain. It was the first gold medal for the United States women's water polo team following a silver in 2008 in Beijing, China. She joined the national team in 2009 after an outstanding collegiate career for the Bruins, having helped UCLA to four consecutive NCAA titles. She was named the NCAA’s outstanding women’s water polo player after her senior season in 2008.

With Team USA, Mathewson has led the Americans to even more success. She scored four goals for Team USA at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final; led the team in scoring with 14 goals on the way to a gold medal and Olympic berth at the 2011 Pan American Games. In the championship game against canada, Mathewson scored four goals in a 27-26 thriller. She scored five goals as part of a sixth place finish at the 2011 FINA World Championships and tied for team lead with seven goals during Team USA’s gold medal run at 2011 FINA World League Super Final in Tianjin, China.

Other than that disappointing sixth place finish, Team USA has never finished worse than first in an international competition with Mathewson on the point. Mathewson played professional in Australia and Spain from 2008-2010. As prep star at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, Calif. she was named All- California Interscholastic Federation and All-Century League all four years of high school.

Mathewson's Long Beach City College Lady Vikings squad finished 20-10 and were ranked ninth in California in the 2011 season.

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