Silja Kansakoski (above) and Alison Gibson are among the 15 aquatic athlete conference nominees for 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Four upsets and four overtime wins highlighted the Week 8 collegiate women’s water polo results. #15 Long Beach State scored a Top 10 victory.
There were only a few small changes to the collegiate women’s water polo Top 25 poll after Week 7 produced just one upset.
The Barbara Kalbus Invitational in Irvine, California, featured 32 Top 25 affairs and eight ended in upsets, including the championship match.
In a week that saw 41 efforts of four or more goals, it was no doubt a tough pick for the various conference player of the week honors.
Of the 47 matches played on Week 2 of the collegiate women’s water polo season, nine ended in one-score affairs including a sudden death contest.
The top two teams – USC and Stanford – remained the same in collegiate women’s water polo poll after Week 1 of competition.
Five women’s water polo Week 1 games were one-goal decisions and four ended in upsets, one of which saw #13 UC San Diego best #4 Cal 14-13 in sudden death.
Italy and Hungary nabbed spots in the World University Games women’s water polo final. with semifinal wins over Canada and Russia on Friday.
Fifty-four student-athletes representing 25 institutions have been tabbed as Division I women’s water polo All-Americans by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). National champion Stanford and runnerup USC each boast six honorees.
Hawai’i’s Irene Gonzalez repeated as the Big West Player of the Year, while UC Davis’ Noelle Wijnbelt was tabbed as Freshman of the Year.
The second-seeded University of Hawai’i women’s water polo team captured its third Big West Championship in school history after toppling top-seeded UC Irvine, 7-6, on Sunday.
All seven automatic berths for the NCAA Championships will be decided in league tournaments across the country beginning Friday.
Of the 13 Week 13 contests involving a ranked team, just one resulted in an upset as Brown bested #22 Marist 6-4 in a non-conference battle. Meanwhile, #7 UC Irvine and Pomona-Pitzer claimed conference crowns with victories.
At the CWPA Division III Championships, Becca Dabrowski netted 27 goals in three games en route to All-Tournament Team and MVP honors. Dabrowski’s efforts led all scorers on collegiate water polo Week 12.