Maddie Musselman, Kaleigh Gilchrist make Team USA water polo roster for Summer Olympic Games

Maddie Musselman and Kaleigh Gilchirst, both Newport Beach natives, have officially qualified to represent Team USA as part of the USA Water Polo team at the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Both athletes reached this tremendous milestone by winning the gold medal at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

Musselman is a celebrated Team USA athlete, achieving Olympic Gold in 2020 and 2016, while excelling as a four-time All-American at UCLA.

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Photos courtesy of Jeff Cable/USA Water Polo

Maddie Musselman

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Musselman is a celebrated Team USA athlete, achieving Olympic Gold in 2020 and 2016, while excelling as a four-time All-American at UCLA. She is pictured here at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Renowned for her dynamic play and scoring prowess, she was named MVP at the 2020 Olympics and Women’s Total Water Polo Player of the Year in 2021 and 2022. Her international highlights include leading Team USA in multiple championships, such as the Olympics, World Championships and Pan American Games.

Gilchrist, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, attended USC where she was part of the 2013 NCAA Championship team in water polo. Internationally, she has an impressive record, including victories at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her collegiate career at UCLA was impressive, graduating as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 251 goals and earning numerous accolades including MPSF Player of the Year.

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Kaleigh Gilchrist

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Gilchrist, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, attended USC where she was part of the 2013 NCAA Championship team in water polo. She is pictured here at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Beyond her water polo achievements, Gilchrist is a notable figure in surfing, having won two U.S. championships. She briefly stepped away from Team USA in 2017 to pursue her professional surfing career. She cherishes her CIF water polo and U.S. surfing titles as her most thrilling sports moments. Her father, Sandy, was also an accomplished athlete who swam for USC and participated in the Olympics.


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