LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- 2008 Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame inductee and starting United States National Team goalie Betsey Armstrong is among of list of athletes featured by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) on their Olympic website, www.NBCOlympics.com.
Armstrong, who is featured here,
spent four seasons tending the cage for the University of Michigan
Wolverines, leading the team to four divisional titles and two NCAA
tournament appearances, including a sixth-place finish at the 2005
NCAA Championship. She wrapped up her U-M career as the program
leader in blocks (1,267), minutes (3,329), goals against average
(5.64) and save percentage (.654). She also holds the top four
Michigan single-season blocks totals and three of the top five
spots on the single-season save percentage and GAA lists.
During her career with the Maize and Blue, Armstrong racked up a pair of divisional Most Valuable Player accolades (2003-04) and four CWPA All-Division First Team honors (2002-05). Armstrong excelled at the Eastern Championship, earning two MVP honors (2003, '05) as part of three All-Eastern Championship first team nominations (2002, 2004-05). On the national level, she earned All-America recognition in each season, making the second team in 2004, third team in 2005 and honorable mention in her first two campaigns at Michigan.
In May 2006, she earned a spot on the USA National Team following an open tryout. In just under two years with the squad, Armstrong has led Team USA to a gold medal at the XV Pan American Games -- securing the country's spot at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China -- and gold medal victories in both the FINA World League and FINA World Championships. At the World Championships, Armstrong was recognized as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Goalkeeper.
A product of Ann Arbor Huron High School, Armstrong was the Michigan water polo program's first in-state recruit.
Armstrong and the rest of the US National Team will look to capture the gold medal when the Olympics begin on August 8 in Beijing, China.