33 CWPA Varsity Athletes Earn ACWPC Women's Varsity All-America Honors
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) schools received a conference record 33 All-America awards as the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) announced the 2011 Division I, II and III All-America Teams. The league garnered one first team, two second team and 30 honorable mention awards as 17 schools received awards, including all nine CWPA Division III member institutions, to shatter the previous record of 27 All-America honors earned in 2010.
On the Division I team, 13 CWPA student-athletes were recognized led by second team selection Alison Mantel (attacker) of the University of Michigan. Her selection among the nation's 14 best players in historically noteworthy as Mantel becomes just the seventh women's player in league history to earn Division I second or first team honors joining Adele McCarthy-Beauvais of Princeton University (Second Team - 2000, 2001), Katie Grogan of the University of Massachusetts (First Team - 2000), Megan Thompson of Hartwick College (Second Team - 2002), Kristin Stanford of Indiana University (Second Team - 2003), Betsey Armstrong of the University of Michigan (Second Team - 2004) and Bronwen Knox of Hartwick College (Second Team - 2006) in the modern era of the sport since the the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) began sponsoring a championship in 2000.
Joining Mantel on the All-America team are 12 honorable mention selections from the CWPA as Jakie Kohli (attacker) and Cassie Wyckoff (goalie) of Indiana University, Charlotte Mensink (utility) and Jessica Dorman (goalie) of Hartwick College, Lauren Orth (attacker) and Kiki Golden (utility) of the University of Michigan, Allison Campbell (attacker) of the University of Maryland, Kate Woods (attacker) and Joanna Wohlmuth (two-meter) of Brown University, Devan Kennifer (two-meter) of Harvard University, Katie Rigler (utility) of Princeton University and Kandis Canonica (utility) of Bucknell University.
The total of 13 selections on the Division I team matches the league's 13 player laurels from a year ago as the CWPA comprised nearly one-fifth of the 72 athletes named to the 2011 team.
CWPA member institutions were also prominently honored on the Division III All-America team as all nine league member institutions combined for 20 of the 42 honored athletes on the squad.
Leading the selections are All-America first team honoree Chelsea Johnson (two-meter) of Grove City College, while Kimberly Genian (utility) of Carthage College picked up a second team nod.
Chloe Klaus (goalie) and Katie Eulau (two-meter) of Macalester College, Kristin Lampley (defender) and Emily Hunter (two-meter) of Connecticut College, Katherine Wieber (two-meter) and Sarah Cull (two-meter) of Washington & Jefferson College, Hillary Veselik (two-meter) of Carthage College, Heather Crockett (driver) and Karalee Angus (goalie) of Wheaton College, Amanda Johnston (goalie), MaryEllen Spooner (two-meter) of Pennsylvania State University-Behrend College, Evelyn Kurzac (utility) of Utica College, Sachelle Taylor (attacker) of Chatham University, Andrea Wilson (two-meter defender) and Lauren Baur (driver) of Grove City College earned honorable mention honors.