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23 SCIAC Women's Water Polo Student-Athletes Garner ACWPC All-America Honors

23 SCIAC Women's Water Polo Student-Athletes Garner ACWPC All-America Honors

Twenty-three Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) women's water polo student-athletes earned Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division III All-America honors as recently announced by the organization.

Eight SCIAC student-athletes were named ACWPC First Team All-Americans including Jocelyn Castro of Pomona-Pitzer, who was named the ACWPC Division III Player of the Year, while Sagehens' head coach Alex Rodriguez was named the ACWPC Coach of the Year after previously notching 2018 SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year recognition. 

Castro, the 2018 SCIAC Player of the Year and First Team All-SCIAC selection, helped Pomona-Pitzer log an overall record of 22-11, highlighted by a 14-0 mark in conference play. The Sagehens clinched the top seed in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament and won the tournament crown following an 8-2 victory over Cal Lutheran en route to earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Castro was second in goals scored (62), and sixth in points (64) in 2018. 

The Regals placed three on the ACWPC All-America first team, including goalie Bailey Meyer, Victoria Rose Meek, and Kristi McGee. Meyer and McGee each earned first team All-SCIAC praise earlier this season, as Bailey led the league in saves (189) and was third in goals against average (5.75). McGee finished second on the squad with 26 goals, while Meek was fourth with 21 markers, helping Cal Lutheran to the second seed in the conference tournament and an appearance in the title game. 

Jessica Gaffney of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) was named an ACWPC First Team All-American helping the Athenas secure the number three seed in the league tournament. A 2018 All-SCIAC first teamer, Gaffney was third in goals scored (53) and tied for eighth in assists with 18. La Verne's Jassmine Kezman - the 2018 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year - led the conference in goals with 69 en route to hauling in All-American honors. 

Joining Castro on the ACWPC All-America first team are Natalie Hill and Morgan McCracken of Pomona-Pitzer. McCracken, a 2018 First Team All-SCIAC honoree, was sixth in the SCIAC in scoring with 47 goals, and tied for eighth in assists with 18. Hill, a second team All-SCIAC selection, dished out 23 assists for the Sagehens. 

Securing a spot on the ACWPC All-America second team were Chapman's Audrey Hattori, CMS's Roxy Kiessling, Pomona-Pitzer's Kahea Kahaulelio, Redlands' Kolby Kahahawai, and Whittier's Anastacia Gonzalez

Ten others were named honorable mention All-American by the organization including Katie Johnson (Caltech), Nikki Roed (Cal Lutheran), Kerry Goodspeed and Ellie Peterson of Chapman, Aracelia Aldrete (CMS), Shelby Garcia and Jasmine Bustamante of La Verne, Anna Yu (Pomona-Pitzer), Katelyn Jenkins (Redlands), and Kendyl Riley (Whittier).