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Elizabeth Anne "Betsey" Armstrong (born January 31, 1983) is an American water polo goalkeeper, who won gold medals with the United States women's national water polo team at the 2012 Olympics, 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games, and 2007 and 2009 world championships.[2] Armstrong attended Huron High School in Ann Arbor and was a three-year letterwinner on her water polo team.[3] She then went on to graduate from the University of Michigan in 2005, where she was the goalkeeper for the women's water polo team. Betsey graduated with a bachelor's degree in English language and Literature.[3] She is currently the record holder at University of Michigan with 350 saves.[3]

Elizabeth Anne Armstrong
Personal information
Nickname Betsey
Born (1983-01-31) January 31, 1983 (age 36)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.[1]
Nationality United States
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Water polo information
Position goalkeeper
Number 1
Years Team
2011 United States United States

Armstrong made her debut for the national team in 2006. At the 2008 China Summer Olympic games, she and the American team lost 8–9 in the championship game to the Netherlands and took home the silver medal.

In June 2009, Armstrong was named to the USA water polo women's senior national team for the 2009 FINA World Championships.[4] She was named the best female water polo player for 2010 by FINA Aquatics World Magazine.[5]

Starting in 2012, Betsey was hired as the assistant coach of the University of Michigan Women's Water Polo Team. She works alongside head coach Matt Anderson in coaching the players.[6]

International competitionsEdit

  • 2000 — Junior Pan American Games, Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 1st place
  • 2006 — FINA World League, Cosenza, Italy, 1st place
  • 2006 — FINA World Cup, Tianjin, China, 4th place
  • 2006 — Holiday Cup, Los Alamitos, United States, 1st place
  • 2007 — FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 1st place
  • 2007 — FINA World League, Montréal, Canada, 1st place
  • 2007 — Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
  • 2008 — Summer Olympic Games, Beijing, China, silver medal
  • 2011 — Pan American Games, gold medal
  • 2012 — Summer Olympic Games, London, gold medal


  1. ^ Betsey Armstrong.
  2. ^ "US women win 1st gold in Olympic water polo". The Times Of India. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Betsey Armstrong". Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  4. ^ Roster Announced For 2009 FINA Women's World Championships Archived February 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine,, June 24, 2009.
  5. ^ "FINA Elects the Best in 2010". Fédération Internationale de Natation. Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "Olympic Gold Medalist Betsey Armstrong Joins University of Michigan Coaching Staff".
Preceded by
First award
FINA Water Polo Player of the Year
Succeeded by
  Alexandra Asimaki