July 27, 2011

Alison Mantel Named University of Michigan MGoBlue.Com Female Athlete of the Year

ANN ARBOR, Mich. --  The trophy shelf at the home of University of Michigan standout Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) became a little more crowded this morning as she received the MGoBlue.com Female Athlete of the Year.

MGoBlue.com, the official website of the University of Michigan Department of Athletics,  is recognizing the best of the 2010-11 Michigan athletics school year with the MGoBlue.com Awards. The awards cover 25 categories, including seven that are selected by fan voting.

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 (ACWPC) All-Academic and CWPA Scholar-Athlete team selection, Mantel won two ACWPC All-America honorable mentions as a sophomore and junior before picking up second team honors in her final season.

The fifth Wolverine to garner three All-America awards in a career, Mantel concluded her career as the program record holder in assists (157).  She ranks second in career points (367) in addition to rating at third in goals (210) and steals (190) to rate as one of two Wolverines to record 100 assists, 200 goals and 300 points in a career.

The Athlete of the Year award continues a string of accolades for her this summer as Mantel was selected as 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.

If she makes the team, Mantel 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.

For a list of the MGoBlue.com awards, including the announcement video, click here.


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