MADRID, Spain – Stanford incoming freshman Jordan Raney and the USA Youth Women's National Team won their first ever FINA Youth World Championship title following a 5-4 win over Canada in Sunday’s championship in Madrid. The gold medal caps an undefeated week for Team USA, which also beat Hungary, South Africa, Germany, the Netherlands and Greece en route to the title.
Raney scored three times in USA’s tournament-opening 14-9 win over Hungary on Monday. Yesterday, she contributed a tally in a stirring 12-11 shootout semifinal victory over Greece.
The gold medal marks the second major championship of the summer for the Women's Youth National Team as it earned gold at the UANA Junior Pan American Championship this past July in Riverside, Calif. This was just the second ever FINA Youth World Championship, the USA Women took fourth place at the first edition back in December of 2012 in Perth, Australia.
In July, she was Team USA’s third-leading scorer, recording 13 goals in six games as her team won the aforementioned Junior Pan American Championships. Two weeks later, it won bronze at the US Open while competing against the best club, college and national team players in the country.
Raney, out of Mira Costa High School, is a two-meter defender who signed with the Cardinal’s most recent class in November. She has been a member of the USA Water Polo Cadet and Youth National Teams, earning a silver medal at the 2011 Youth Pan-Am Games in Puerto Rico. Raney also participated at the USA Water Polo Futures 50 Classic last October along with six current Cardinal players.
At Mira Costa, Raney was named to the All-CIF Southern Section First Team and league player of the year as a junior, and captained the team as a senior. This past spring, she led Mira Costa to the CIF Division III championship game, earning recognition as CIF MVP for the division and a spot on the All-America First Team. At the club level, she has twice earned Junior Olympics All-America honors (2012-13) with Huntington Beach Water Polo Club.