BERKELEY – Cal junior Tiera Schroeder, who won a gold medal playing for the United States last summer in the World Junior Championships, captured another title last weekend playing for Team London at the Futures 50 Classic.
Schroeder was one of five Cal players selected to compete in the tournament at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, Calif. Junior Michelle Caron and freshman Stephanie Mutafyan also competed in the event. Fellow freshmen Emily Loughlin and Madeline Trabucco were picked to participate but couldn’t play because of injuries.
A mix of the top water polo players in the country converged on Orange County for the tournament. The players were divided into four teams, each named for the site of the past four Summer Olympics. Schroeder’s Team London defeated Caron’s Team Sydney in the championship match. Caron scored a goal in the losing effort.
Mutafyan’s Team Athens defeated Team Beijing in the Third Place match. Mutafyan scored one goal the previous day during an 8-5 loss to Team London.
Schroeder finished fourth on the Bears last season with 27 goals. Caron played in 22 of Cal’s 24 matches as a sophomore and recorded 14 goals as the Bears finished the season ranked No. 5 in the country.
Mutafyan is a former member of the U.S. Youth National Team and was part of the Bears’ 13-player roster that competed at the World University Games last summer in Kazan, Russia.