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2021 Total 7

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Princeton University alumna and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Ashleigh Johnson keeps adding honors to her legacy as she garnered recognition on the 2021 Total 7.

The runner-up for the Total Player Award in 2021 behind teammate Maddie Musselman, Johnson repeats on the Total 7 this year.  Every year, the site’s Total Player vote produces a dream team – the Total 7. Named as one of the great talents of the last 20 years in 2020, Johnson garners accolades in 2021 along with fellow Americans Musselman and Maggie Steffens, Simone Van De Kraats of the Netherlands, Rebecca Parkes and Rita Keszthelyi-Nagy of Hungary and Ani Espar of Spain.

Johnson, who recently joined Ethnikos of the Greek league, completes 2021 with a trove of accolades.

Recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Sports category and a 2017 Princeton graduate, Johnson is among only two Tigers’ athletes ever to win an Olympic gold medal (in 2016 and 2021) and then come back to compete at Princeton (former United States Senator/men’s basketball player Bill Bradley was the other).

The recipient of the C. Otto von Kienbusch and Cutino Awards during her senior season in 2017, she was the first player in Princeton women’s water polo history to be named first team All-America and third ever to be selected All-America in each of her four seasons. Johnson finished her Princeton career with a 100-17 record, along with a school-record 1,362 saves and a .693 save percentage. She was a 19-time CWPA Defensive Player of the Week award winner, a four-time first-team all-conference player and the CWPA Player of the Year.

Johnson’s appearance at the Olympics marked the fourth time in the past four games that the United States’ cage was defended by a CWPA alumna as University of Michigan graduate and CWPA Hall of Fame member Betsey Armstrong was the goalie for the 2008 Silver Medal and 2012 Gold Medal squads.


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