July 8, 2011

Mantel Named First Alternate on 2011 USA Women's World University Games Roster

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) of the University of Michigan was named the first alternate for the the 2011 United States Women's World University Games roster.  If one of the selected 13 athletes is unable to compete at the championship, Mantel will take replace her for the duration of the tournament.

The 2011 CWPA Women's Varsity Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a double major in economics and environment, Mantel led the Wolverines with 85 points, registering 49 goals and 36 assists during the 2011 season. Her goal and point totals are both amongst the top-10 single-season performances in program history. She collected her second selection to the all-conference first team and was named to the CWPA Eastern Championship All-Tournament second team.

A three-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-Academic and CWPA Scholar-Athlete team selection, Mantel won two AWPCA All-America honorable mentions during her distinguished tenure. 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 to record 100 assists, 200 goals and 300 points in a career.

If she makes the team, she will join two other Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) student-athletes as former Michigan standout Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) and Indiana University goalie Cassie Wyckoff (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) were among 13 players selected to the current roster by Team USA/Michigan head coach Matt Anderson.

This summer's games will be held in Shenzhen, China from August 12-23.  The international sporting competition is staged every two years in a different city, with the summer games consisting of 12 compulsory sports and up to three optional sports chosen by the host country. 

Team USA has been slotted in Group B along with Australia, France, Russia and Mexico.  The team will open competition on August 12 against Australia.

The United States World University Games roster is limited to collegiate athletes that are within a year of their last collegiate competition. The 13 players that comprise the American team are considered members of USA Water Polo's Senior 'B' Team and earn a guaranteed try-out to represent the USA in the 2016 Olympic Games.

The World University Games are open to all student-athletes that have not been out of college for more than a year and that are between 17 and 28 years old.  Entries are accepted from any country which is eligible for the Olympic Games and from any national federation which is affiliated with an appropriate international federation.

Visit the official World University Games website to learn more about the competition.


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