BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) announces the selection of University of Michigan senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) as the recipient of the 2011 Women's Varsity Division I/II Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
The highest honor bestowed by the league to an active player, matched only by the induction of a former player to the league's Hall of Fame, the award recognizes an outstanding senior student-athlete who has achieved success in both the scholastic (3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average) and athletic arenas while possessing a spirit which provides service to the community.
Athletes were nominated by their respective Department of Athletics with each CWPA institution eligible to nominate a female student-athlete for the award with the recipient being selected based on a points system derived from Community Service, CWPA Academic Honors, Scholastic Achievement and All-Conference/All-Eastern Tournament selections over their career.
Mantels' selection marks the third time the award has been presented by the league as Bucknell University's Aubrey Rowe (2009) and Washington & Jefferson College's Jessica Barby (2010) previously garnered the award. This year, the award is split into two varsity divisions, with Division I/II and Division III recipients.
Mantel, a double major in economics and environment, led the Wolverines with 85 points, tallying 49 goals and 36 assists during the 2011 season. Her goal and point totals are both amongst the top ten single-season performances in program history. She collected her second selection to the all-conference first team and was named to the CWPA Eastern All-Tournament second team.
A three-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-Academic and CWPA Scholar-Athlete team selection, Mantel has collected two All-America honorable mention honors during her distinguished career. She wrapped up her career as the program record holder in assists (157) and ranks second in career points (367) and third in goals (210) and steals (190). She is one of two Wolverines record 100 assists, 200 goals and 300 points in a career.