USA’s Johnson, Hungary’s Varga Win Total Water Polo Top Awards

Total Water Polo announced its award winners for the 2019 season with USA goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson and Hungarian driver Denes Varga earning the Total Player Awards.

Johnson was one of five Americans who made Total Water Polo’s Top 10 list of female players.

Varga headlines the Top 10 list of male players, which also includes two Italians and two Czechs.

The Total Player Award winners were selected by a panel of 60 expert voters, 18 media outlets and 10,000 votes from the general public.

Johnson, a Miami, Florida native, was named MVP of the 2019 FINA World Championships, tallying 43 saves as she led Team USA to the gold medal. She also chalked up 42 saves at the 2019 Pan American Games.

Hungarian Rita Keszthelyi was the runnerup in the voting. Keszthelyi racked up 24 goals, while leading her team to a fourth place finish at the FINA World Championships.

Name, Country Points
Ashleigh Johnson, USA 121
Rita Keszthelyi, Hungary 84
Roser Tarrago, Spain 82
Maggie Steffens, USA 77
Maddie Musselman, USA 61
Maica Garcia Godoy, Spain 50
Kiley Neushul, USA 35
Maud Megens, Netherlands 34
Ekaterina Prokofyeva, Czech Republic 32
Rachel Fattal, USA 20

Varga, who played for the fourth place Hungarian team at the FINA World Championships and was part of Ferencvaros’ LEN Champions League and LEN Super Cup title winning squads, earned the Total Water Polo top men’s award. Ferencvaros topped Olympiacos in a penalty shootout to take the Champions League, and defeated CN Marseille 14-11 to win the Super Cup.

Varga finished eight points ahead of FINA World Championship MVP Francesco Di Fulvio of Italy in the Total Water Polo awards voting.

Name, Country Points
Denes Varga, Hungary 159
Francesco Di Fulvio, Italy 151
Felipe Perrone, Spain 58
Marco Del Lungo, Italy 50
Maro Jokovic, Croatia 49
Aleksandar Ivovic, Montenegro 44
Filip Filipovic, Serbia 37
Dusan Mandic, Serbia 36
Konstantinos Genidounias, Greece 33
Daniel Lopez Pinedo, Spain 23

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