Rio Day 3 Women’s Water Polo Roundup


  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Swimming: August 6-13
  • Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
  • Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
  • Schedule & Results

Recap of women’s water polo from Day 3 of matches, August 13, 2016. This was the final day of group play for the women. With only eight teams, all will pass through to quarterfinals but the teams’ standings determine their seeding:

Game 1 – Spain 12, China 8

Spain won an important match against China to finish second in Group B play. The Spaniards jumped out front to an early 2-0 lead, but China evened the score with two power play goals in just over a minute, and the score was tied at 2 with :55 to play in the first quarter. Spain went up 3-2 with :16 left. China outscored Spain 4-3 in the second quarter and the two teams went off at halftime with Spain leading, 7-6. Two more for Spain, one for China in the third quarter gave Spain a 9-7 advantage heading into the final period. Spain outscored China 3-1 over the final 8 minutes of the game to seal their victory at 12-8.

Scoring for Spain: Laura Lopez Ventosa (4); Maica Garcia Godoy (3); Roser Tarrago Aymerich (2); Judith Forca Ariza (2); Beatriz Ortiz Munoz (1). Laura Ramos had 9 saves in goal.

Scoring for China: Cong Zhang (3); Huanhuan Ma (2); Guannan Niu (1); Zihan Zhao (1); Jing Zhang (1)

Next: Spain will take on Russia in the quarterfinals on Monday at 6:40 p.m. ET. China will play Italy on Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Game 2 – Italy 10, Russia 5

Italy won its final game to remain undefeated in Group A, going a perfect 3-0 to wrap up pool play. The match began rather evenly, with Italy taking a 3-2 lead into the second quarter. Italy scored twice in the second quarter on power plays, while Russia added a power play goal of its own. Italy outscored Russia 3-1 in the third period, and 2-1 in the fourth. Italy’s domination of the second half gave them a 10-5 victory and a strong seeding heading into the quarterfinals.

Scoring for Italy: Roberta Bianconi (3); Arianna Garibotti (2), Giulia Emmolo (2); Elisa Queirolo (2); and Aleksandra Cotti (1). Goalkeeper Giulia Gorlero had 12 saves on 16 shots

Scoring for Russia: Anna Grineva (2); Ekaterina Lisunova (1); Evgeniya Ivanova (1); and Nadezhda Glyzina (1).

Next: Italy and China will face off on Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Russia will take on Spain on Monday at 6:40 p.m. ET.

Game 3 – Australia 10, Brazil 3

Australia picked up a much-needed win against home team Brazil to finish second in Group A. After a somewhat quiet first period, in which each team scored one goal, Australia cracked open the match with three unanswered goals in the first four minutes of the second period. Brazil put one in with 1:31 left, and the teams headed off at halftime with Australia leading, 4-2. Three more unanswered goals in the third period put Australia up 7-2. The Australians outscored their hosts 3-1 during the final eight minutes for a 10-3 rout of Brazil.

Scoring for Australia: Rowie Webster (2); Keesja Gofers (2); Gemma Beadsworth (1); Hannah Buckling (1); Glencora McGhie (1); Ash Southern (1); Holly Lincoln-Smith (1); and Bronwen Knox (1). Goalkeeper Lea Yanitsas saved five of eight shots on the day.

Scoring for Brazil: Diana Abla (1); Marina Zablith (1); Izabella Chiappini (1).

Next: Brazil will take on the U.S. on Monday at 5:20 p.m. ET. Australia will play Hungary on Monday at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Game 4 – USA 11, Hungary 6

See our coverage here.

Next: The U.S. will face Brazil on Monday at 5:20 p.m. ET. Hungary will take on Australia on Monday at 1:10 p.m. ET.


Group A

1 Italy 6 3 3 0 0 27 15 12
2 Australia 4 3 2 0 1 31 15 16
3 Russian Federation 2 3 1 0 2 23 31 -8
4 Brazil 0 3 0 0 3 13 33 -20

Group B

1 United States 6 3 3 0 0 34 14 20
2 Spain 4 3 2 0 1 27 29 -2
3 Hungary 2 3 1 0 2 29 33 -4
4 China 0 3 0 0 3 23 37 -14


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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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