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Olympic rings on Eiffel Tower in Paris

Kostas Genidounias

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Sport
Water Polo

Hometown
Sydney, Australia

Country
Greece

Olympic Experience
'16, '20 (S)

USC Affiliation
Lettered 2011-14

AT USC:

• 2011, 2012 & 2013 NCAA Champion

• 2014 Peter J. Cutino Award winner

• 2013 Peter J. Cutino Award finalist

• 2014 National & MPSF Player of the Year

• USC’s all-time leading scorer (261 career goals)

• Scored 82 goals as a senior in 2018 — 2nd most in a single season in USC history

• Two-time ACWPC First Team All-American

• Three-time NCAA All-Tournament First Team pick

• 2014 MPSF Tournament MVP

• Three-time All-MPSF First Team selection

• Three-time MPSF All-Tournament Team selection

• Major: Communication

FAST FACTS:

• One of Greece’s most prolific players, bound for his third Olympics and having won a 2020 silver medal

• Wanted to play collegiate water polo in the United State and, after researching the best programs, famously sought out then-head coach Jovan Vavic to express his desire to come to USC

• Scored four goals, including the sudden-death game-winner, in the 2014 NCAA Semifinals to help USC reach a 10th straight NCAA final

• Genidounias was one of two eventual Olympians on USC’s 2011 NCAA Championship team, as Trojan teammate Joel Dennerley (AUS) also competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games (Dennerley also was a 2012 Olympian)

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