BRIDGEPORT, Pa. – The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) has tabbed 38 student-athletes from 18 institutions as 2019 Division III women’s water polo All-Americans.
Pomona-Pitzer, which won the SCIAC regular season crown, and stood atop the Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III poll for much of the year, leads the way with five selections.
Cal Lutheran, which represented the SCIAC at the NCAA Championships after winning the league’s tournament, also boasted five honorees.
Macalester College, which won the CWPA Division III crown, and the Redlands added three selections apiece. Austin College, Carthage, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Connecticut College, Grove City, Occidental, LaVerne and Whittier each put two players on the team.
Cal Tech, Chapman, Monmouth, Penn State Behrend, Utica and Wittenberg rounded out the group with one honoree apiece.
Leading the 38 honorees is Division III Player of the Year, Bailey Meyer of Cal Lutheran. The first team All-SCIAC honoree broke her own season saves record, tallying 320 on the year in 848 minutes of play, to go with 37 steals.
Meyer’s coach Craig Rond, whose staff was previously tabbed as SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year, was honored as the Division III Coach of the Year after leading the Regals to a 21-9 overall mark, the SCIAC Tournament crown and an NCAA appearance, their first since 2009. The honor is the third for Rond, following Coach of the Year accolades in 2007 and 2009.
SCIAC Athlete of the Year Natalie Hill of Pomona-Pitzer was a first team honoree. Monmouth’s Becca Dabrowski, MVP of the CWPA Division III tournament, and rookie of the tournament, Lexi Wong of Austin College, each were tabbed for ACWPA Second Team All-America nods.
The ACWPA All-America teams are selected following nominations and voting by the head coach of each program by NCAA division.
ACWPA Division III Player of the Year: Bailey Meyer, Cal Lutheran
ACWPA Division III Coach of the Year: Craig Rond, Cal Lutheran
2019 ACWPA Division III All-America Teams
|Bailey Meyer (Goalie)||Cal Lutheran|
|Lexi Rond||Cal Lutheran|
|Nikki Roed||Cal Lutheran|
|Morgan Stockham (Goalie)||Pomona-Pitzer|
|Lexi Wong||Austin College|
|Stephania Lopez||Connecticut College|
|Emma Jeronimus (Goalie)||Carthage|
|Kelly Grosswendt (Goalie)||Redlands|
|Michalyn Winkler (Goalie)||Utica|
|Mardell Ramirez||Cal Lutheran|
|Virctoria Rose Meek||Cal Lutheran|
|Tessa Leatherwood||Grove City|
|Elizabeth Andrews||Grove City|
|Brooke Le||Austin College|
|Katie Johnston||Cal Tech|
|Brooklynn Hayes||Connecticut College|
|Lauren Wood||Penn State Behrend|