University of Michigan Nets Three All-America Picks from ACWPC

Kiki Golden
Kiki Golden

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver), senior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) and sophomore Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) of the University of Michigan water polo team were named to Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America teams. Mantel earned second team recognition, while Orth and Golden received honorable mentions. Mantel is just the second Wolverine to earn All-America second team status; Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Hall of Fame goalie Betsey Armstrong was the first in 2004.

Mantel previously earned ACWPC All-America honorable mention as a sophomore and a junior, making her the fifth Wolverine to garner three All-America awards in a career. Mantel led Michigan in goals (49) and points (85) in 2011. She was the Collegiate Water Polo Association Women's Varsity Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a CWPA All-Western Division first team choice. Mantel graduated from Michigan as the program's career leader in assists (157) while also ranking second in career points (367) and third in career goals (210).

Orth collected the first ACWPC All-America accolade of her career. Michigan's assist leader in 2011, Orth had 82 points and earned CWPA All-Western Division second team. She completed her U-M career ranked in the top five for career assists (130, third), points (288, fourth) and goals (158, fifth).

Golden also was an ACWPC All-America honorable mention as a freshman in 2010. She was a threat at both ends of the pool in 2011, leading U-M with 55 steals while ranking third in both points (70) and assists (31). The CWPA picked Golden for its All-Western Division first team.

The ACWPC selects first, second and third teams for its Division I All-America awards. For voting, players receive three points for a first team nomination, two points for a second team nomination, and one point for a third team nomination. A player may earn honorable mention if she receives votes from two schools, excluding her own.

Release courtesy Michigan Athletic Communications

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