Four Cal women’s water polo players will compete in the 10th FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships, which commence Monday in Volos, Greece.
Junior Tiera Schroeder will represent the United States while freshmen Roser Tarrago (Spain), Dora Antal (Hungary) and Anna Illes (Hungary) will also take part in the international competition.
Fifteen countries from around the globe will be divided into four groups. The United States is in Group 2, joined by Italy, Kazakhstan and New Zealand. The Americans open play Monday against Kazakhstan at 1 a.m. Pacific time.
Spain is in Group 1 along with Greece and Canada. The Spaniards play the first match of the tournament against Canada at 11 p.m. Sunday night (PT). Hungary is in Group 4 with Russia, Brazil and Great Britain. The Hungarians play their first match against Great Britain 10:15 a.m. Pacific time.
Teams will play preliminary round games through Wednesday before moving on to qualifying and the quarterfinals. The tournament ends next Sunday.
Schroeder, the niece of four-time Olympian and former USA National Team coach Terry Schroeder, ranked fourth on the Bears last season with 27 goals.
This is Schroeder’s second international trip this summer. In July, the Bears competed in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Tarrago, Antal and Illes all participated in the FINA World Championships earlier this summer, with Tarrago helping Spain win the Gold Medal. Hungary took the bronze. Tarrago was on Spain’s 2012 Olympic Team that captured the Silver Medal in London. Antal was on Hungary’s Olympic Team that went to the Bronze Medal game in London.