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U.S. women’s water polo team qualifies for Rio Olympics

U.S. women's water polo

The dominant U.S. women’s water polo team routed France 19-0 to clinch a Rio Olympic berth Saturday.

The Americans, the reigning Olympic, World Championships, World League and World Cup title holders, are 6-0 in the Olympic qualifying tournament, outscoring opponents by a combined 99-22 in the Netherlands.

On Saturday, Ashleigh Johnson and Sami Hill combined on the shutout. Makenzie Fischer led the team with six goals. Johnson, Hill and Fisher eye making their first Olympic team this summer.

London Olympian Maggie Steffens, a two-time FINA Player of the Year, scored four goals.

The U.S. is the first nation to hold Olympic, World, World League and World Cup titles simultaneously since women’s water polo was added to the Olympic program in 2000.

In Rio, the U.S. will try to become the first nation to win multiple Olympic women’s water polo titles.

The U.S. men’s water polo team qualified for Rio by winning the Pan American Games on July 15.

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