Publication Hails U-M Alum Armstrong as Best Player in the World

Nov. 24, 2009

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Former University of Michigan water polo standout and USA National Team member Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) was named Female Player of the Year by Swimming World Magazine and will be featured in the December issue of the magazine. Armstrong was joined by Male Player of the Year Andrija Prlainovic of Serbia.

Armstrong led the United States National Team to its third world championship this decade at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, in July. She made 67 saves on 119 shots in seven games in the cage. She clinched her second FINA gold medal with 11 saves in the championship game against Canada on July 31.

She has been a member of the USA National Team since 2006, securing gold at the XV Pan American Games, FINA World League and the 2007 and 2009 FINA World Championships. She also guided the United States to a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.

Before joining the national team, Armstrong put together a prolific collegiate career while tending the net for the Maize and Blue. A 2008 Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame inductee, she scored All-America recognition four times and was a Cutino Award finalist as the nation's top player during the 2004 season. She earned a pair of divisional Most Valuable Player honors (2003-04) and owns every major career goalkeeping record at Michigan.

The award was chosen by Swimming World Magazine's editors based on input from various water polo entities throughout the world.

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