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Video: ASU water polo closes historic season at NCAA Championships

The Sun Devils earned a program-best third-place finish in the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship

NCAA Championship Water Polo 2020

Sun Devils Bente Rogge (middle) and Chelsea Karimazondo (right) look to block a USC shot in the semifinals of the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship Tournament on May 15, 2021 at the Spieker Aquatic Center in Los Angeles, CA.

ASU water polo flourished into a top-four ranked program this year, playing 17 of its 21 regular season games at home. In May, the team tied Stanford for third place at the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championships.

In the quarterfinals, ASU led Michigan 5-1 at halftime and sent the Wolverines home after a 9-5 victory. The win was the program's first-ever NCAA quarterfinal victory. The team has two previous NCAA appearances.

USC defeated ASU 10-4 in the semifinals. The Sun Devils finished the season with a 14-12 record, with half of its losses coming at the hands of the Trojans.

Bente Rogge earned both First-Team All-Tournament and All-America honors. Amira Van Buren received Second-Team All-America honors, and Chelsea Karimazondo and Luca Petovary received honorable mentions. The number of players who received All-America honors matched the previous ASU record of four.

Correction: Five seniors departed the water polo team, including starters Chelsea Karimazondo and Bente Rogge. The video wrongly states at 3:10 that 6 seniors departed including Amira Van Buren, who did not leave the team due an extra year of eligibility after the cancellation of the 2020 season. This correction was added August 21, 2021 at 1:32pm.

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