Windes picked for USA Water Polo Hall of Fame
Elsie Windes, a former youth standout from Beaverton High, will be inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame this year.
Windes was part of the 2012 U.S. Olympics women's water polo team that won the United States' first gold medal in the sport during the London Games.
This is the 36th class of inductees. Windes is one of three Olympic standouts in the class. Former women's team member Kelly Rulon, former men's player and current coach Gavin Arroya, one referee/administrator and one former USA water polo executive director also are 2020 inductees.
Windes competed for California of the Pac-12 before joining the national team in 2006.
She was a defender on the U.S. squad that went undefeated and won the FINA World Championships in 2007. She made her Olympic debut in Beijing in 2008, as the U.S. took home the silver medal.
She also was on the 2009 world-championship winning team and the 2010 World Cup team that gave the U.S. its first gold there in 30 years.
Windes, 34, learned the sport in part from her father, Doug, and sister, Lucy. She starred in the age-group ranks and on the club scene with Tualatin Hills, and won the 2003 state championship while being named state MVP.
She was a three-time All-American for Cal and is a recent Bears Hall of Fame inductee.
Now a wife and mother of three, she recently was back in the pool to scrimmage with her sister's water polo club.
Induction ceremony and luncheon details have yet to be announced.
Beaver freshman honored
Taylor Jones of Oregon State, a 6-4 center, has been named one of ESPN's Top-10 Freshman in women's basketball for 2019-20.
The native of Forney, Texas was ranked No. 9 by Mechelle Voepel.
She set an OSU freshman record for blocks and ranked second all-time among Beaver freshmen in rebounds and sixth in scoring. She averaged 1.9 blocks,7.3 rebounds and 12.3 points in 23.4 minutes per game.
She started in all 32 games for the 23-9 Beavs.
Tanya Chaplin returns at OSU
Oregon State gymnastics coach Tanya Chaplin is back full-time after a health-related leave of absence, the school said Wednesday.
Associate head coach Michael Chaplin ran the program in his wife's absence, which began on Jan. 30.
The Beavers were ranked 15th in the nation this season, when it was called off due to COVID-19 concerns.
The 2021 season will be Tanya Chaplin's 21st at the OSU helm.
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