Hannah Buckling (fR 2010) recently completed a six month stint on exchange at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.
Although Hannah studied while in Los Angeles, she was at USC primarily to be part of the USC Trojans water polo program, under world renowned coach Jovan Vavic. USC had an extremely successful season, beginning the year ranked as the #2 University team in the country, and after winning 27 out of 28 games, finishing the year ranked #1.
The highlight was the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) championships which were held at Harvard University in May. USC won their first 2 games relatively easily before facing longtime rivals and reigning champions Stanford University in the final, which turned out to be an extraordinary game. The match went into 5 periods of extra time before USC finally prevailed by 10 goals to 9, with Hannah scoring 4 of the USC goals.
Hannah has now returned to Australia, rejoining the Australian National squad, the Stingers, and she has been selected to represent Australia in the World League finals in China in June, hopefully to be followed by the World Championships in Barcelona in July, after which she plans to complete her Science degree.
The College congratulates Hannah on her achievements, and we look forward to following her continued success.