Zoe Arancini

With parents who both represented Australia in water polo, Zoe Arancini has always been passionate about the sport and had the opportunity to showcase her experience and skills when she made her Olympic debut at Rio.
The Aussies kicked started their Rio campaign with a strong, dominant 14-4 win over Russia. Their second pool match proved to be more of a challenge with the green and gold side narrowly going down to Italy 7-8 despite the scores being tied until the final seconds. 
The Aussies then powered home to take a decisive 10-3 win over hosts Brazil in the final pool game, setting up a quarter final clash against Hungary. In a physical, tense and ultimately heartbreaking encounter the Australians lost in a penalty shootout after scores were level, 8-8, after four quarters, ending their 2016 Olympic campaign. 
Arancini won bronze at her FINA international debut at the 2009 World League Super Finals in Russia. The same year she was crowned the Australian Junior Women’s Player of the Year.
Arancini’s career highlights include silver at the 2010 FINA World Cup in New Zealand, bronze at the 2011 FINA World Junior Championships in Italy and silver again at the 2013 World Championships in Spain.
The Western Australian born athlete plays for the Fremantle Marlins in the National League, which is coached by her father Peter Arancini. In 2015 she was named in the FINA World All Stars team.
Her father and mother, Wendy, have both played water polo for Australia, as well as her aunt, Megan. Her mother and aunt won gold at the 1986 World Championships and her mother was inducted into the Australian Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2009. Her father played for Australia at the 1981 World Junior Championships and was a regular state and national league player.


Olympic Results

2016 Rio

Water Polo - Women
Preliminary Round Q1: 0:3, Q2: 1:5, Q3: 3:2, Q4: 0:4 RUS 4 - 14 Win
Preliminary Round Q1: 4:2, Q2: 0:1, Q3: 2:3, Q4: 2:1 ITA 8 - 7 Loss
Preliminary Round Q1: 1:1, Q2: 3:1, Q3: 3:0, Q4: 3:1 BRA 10 - 3 Win
Quarterfinal Q1: 3:1, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 2:3, Q4: 1:2, PSO: 3:5 HUN 11 - 13 Loss
Classification 5-8 Q1: 2:1, Q2: 3:1, Q3: 4:1, Q4: 2:1 BRA 11 - 4 Win
Classification 5-6 Q1: 5:4, Q2: 2:3, Q3: 1:3, Q4: 2:2 ESP 10 - 12 Loss
Final Placing 6 / 8