SRVHS junior wins gold on Team USA

Liebowitz competes with national junior water polo team

San Ramon Valley High water polo standout Lexi Liebowitz brought home a gold medal this summer as part of the U.S. women's junior national team.

"Lexi proved early that she was essential for our success and made an immediate impact on a well-seasoned squad," Team USA head coach Coralie Simmons said of the 16-year-old from Danville. "Her performance in the championship game definitely summarized her impact on this team."

Liebowitz, now a junior at SRVHS, was the youngest player on Team USA during the 20-and-under FINA Junior World Championship, a 16-team international tournament contested in Volos, Greece in late August. The American team also included college players from some of the top teams, including Cal, Stanford, USC, UCLA and UC Irvine.

The U.S. squad swept through group play, outscoring opponents 68-16 and posting two shutouts during the opening three games.

The American ladies beat Brazil 12-9 in the quarterfinal and defeated Russia 13-11 in the semifinal, setting up a rematch with Spain -- which Team USA bested in the group stage.

In a hard-fought finale, Team USA defeated Spain 13-10 to win the gold. Liebowitz came off the bench and scored twice in the championship match.

The Danville native also had the honor of carrying the U.S. flag during the opening ceremonies.

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