Danville native Maggie Steffens made the most of her Olympic debut on Monday as the 19-year-old scored seven goals in a 14-13 win over Hungary on the opening day of the women’s water polo tournament.
Steffens’s talent and poise in front of goal stood out on a day that otherwise contained few surprises, with the favored U.S. and Australian squads, the 2008 Beijing Games silver and bronze medalists respectively, securing wins.
Steffens, who watched from the stands when her sister and teammate Jessica competed in Beijing four years ago, said she felt “awesome” after recording the biggest Olympic debut goal tally in the history of women’s water polo at the Games.
“Was I surprised? No. She has so much potential in her and I think she’s been waiting to bust out of her skin,” Jessica, 25, said of her sister’s performance.
The U.S. team has the Olympic gold medal firmly in its sights, according to Maggie, who deferred her place at Stanford to concentrate on water polo.
“This is more important. Stanford can wait for the possibility of a medal,” Maggie told reporters.