Biography

Kami Craig is a professional American water polo player.

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Tough as Nails: Craig before her first Olympic match against Spain in 2016

 

Early Life and High School

Kameryn Louise Craig was on July 21st, 1987 to parents Dale and Steve Craig in San Luis Obispo, California. She was raised in Santa Barbara with her two brothers, Jeff and Tony. Dale says her daughter’s Olympic dreams began when she was five years old while watching the 1992 Summer Olympics. (Juneau, 2016). Craig attended Santa Barbara High School from 2001 to 2005 where we played on the high school’s water polo team. Craig struggled with dyslexia in high school. She continues to hold two records from the school; single-season goals (123) and most goals scored in one game (9). During her junior year in 2004, Craig was selected as a member of the prestigious Junior National Team and subsequently won a gold medal that year at the Junior Pan American Championships.

College and Career Beginnings

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Craig in 2009 after a match against UCLA

After receiving her high diploma in the summer of 2005, Craig enrolled in the University of Southern California. During her first year at USC, Craig was the fourth-leading scorer on the team with a total of 38 that year. She received an All-American honorable mention and was selected to the MPSF All-Freshman Team.

The next year, she matched her freshman record of 38 goals again during the season, placing her third on the team in terms of scoring. She was honored as a First Team All-American and was elected to the All-MPSF First Team. In 2008, she redshirted for a year to begin practicing for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She was called up the American women’s water polo team as a center. The team won a Silver medal that year.

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Craig (right) in 2016 before a pre-breakfast swim with fellow Olympian Kaleigh Gilchrist

Craig returned to the pool in 2009 where scored a 40 goals in the season. That year she also won the prestigious Peter J. Cutino Award, was named a First Team All-American and MPSF Player of the Year, a MPSF Tournament MVP and an NCAA All-Tournament First Team. Craig was twice selected as an MPSF Player of the Week. She won the Cutino Award again next year during her final season at USC, making her the only female player to have won it twice. She was named the 2010 National Player of the year and led the Trojans to the 2010 NCAA Championship. Craig finished her career at USC as their 10th highest scorer with a 152 goals.

 

 

She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in occupational therapy.