USA Water Polo Hall of Fame
Huntington Beach, Calif. – May 26, 2011 – The USA Water Polo Hall Of Fame has announced the class of
2011 set to be inducted at a benefit dinner this September 17 in Los Angeles, California. The class includes
two-time Olympic Medalist Robin Beauregard, Masters Water Polo pioneer Michael Garibaldi, women’s water
polo advocate Jennie Jacobsen-Huse, two-time Olympian Kyle Kopp, and three-time Olympian Wolf Wigo.
Tournament results, medal counts, and official statistics will never do justice in explaining what Jennie Jacobsen-Huse has meant to women’s water polo, USA Water Polo, and the water polo community as a whole over the last 40 years plus. A pioneer in women’s water polo as an athlete pushing to get water polo for females first at Pasadena High School and then at the University of California-Santa Barbara she was a National Champion with the Merced Water Polo club and remains active in masters water polo.
In the interim Jacobsen-Huse pitched in wherever necessary taking on a variety of roles to help better the game and improve the experience for those involved. She helped establish the very first USA Water Polo National Office in Colorado Springs and served as the first team leader for both the Women’s Senior and Junior National Teams. Jacobsen-Huse served on the first ever USA Water Polo Board of Directors, was a respected desk official, wrote articles
for the then Scoreboard Magazine, and did just about everything else in between. Currently a key part of the water polo program for Commerce Aquatics the game remains as important to her now as ever.
Inductees were chosen through a process that included open nominations by their peers, evaluation of their candidacy by the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Committee, and final ratification of the committee’s recommendations by the USA Water Polo Board of Directors.
USA Water Polo inducted its first Hall of Fame class in 1976.
About USA Water Polo
USA Water Polo, Inc. is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States
Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters
National Championships. With more than 40,000 members, USAWP is also the sanctioning authority for more
than 500 Member Clubs and more than 400 tournaments nationwide. USAWP is committed to the development
of the sport nationwide. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated
clubs, certified coaches and officials.