LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) – Kiley Neushul had a plan. She would play for the U.S. women’s water poloand then move to Italy. Then the games were postponed because of the , and Neushul – one of the best players in the world – had to make a decision.
She chose the rest of her life.
“I don’t know if I would have been in the right headspace to continue,” Neushul told The Associated Press on Wednesday in her first things that I’ve always been interested in. And I think for me. I’m in a good place. And that’s what matters.”her decision. “I think, you know, I’m working full-time for a company now. I’m full-time. So I can pursue other
While Neushul is moving on, her absence it’s been an adjustment, I think, in many ways. But, you know, we’re all happy for her to make that decision that (makes) her life better. I her presence, so that’s important.”hole in the lineup for a powerhouse U.S. team going for a this summer. Known for her efficient movement in the water and clutch , Neushul was a key performer for the U.S. on each pool side. “She’s an incredible athlete,” said Melissa Seidemann, who played with Neushul at Stanford. “She’s an incredibly gifted teammate. And
Asked how he plans to replace Neushul, U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said: “It’s impossible.”
“She’s one of the best players ever to, and we don’t have anyone like her,” he said.
“It’s cliché, but it’s next player up, and it’s got to be many athletes stepping into that role.”
Kiley Neushul helped lead, and she won the Cutino Award in 2012 and 2015 – the top honor for a Division I water polo player. She with the U.S. national team in 2013 and had ten goals during the team’s to gold in Rio.
While Neushul isn’t going to suit up for the U.S. again, the sport remains aof her life. She said she swims “almost every day when it’s warm,” and she at some point. Her husband is a coach for Pro Recco, one of the . Neushul has been helping coach a group of under-12 .