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Maggie Steffens Named ACWPC Player Of The Year; John Tanner Named Top Coach


Maggie Steffens was named ACWPC Player of the Year for the second time. (seen here with a prior MVP award)
June 5, 2017

Release via CollegiateWaterPolo.org

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. --
The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) announces the selection of the organization's 2017 Women's Division I All-America Team.

Comprised of 46 student-athletes, the team features players from 21 institutions as Stanford University (six), the University of Southern California (five), the University of California (four), the University of California-Los Angeles (four), Arizona State University (three), Harvard University (two), Indiana University (two), Long Beach State University (two), Princeton University (two), the University of California-Irvine (two), the University of Hawaii (two), the University of Michigan (two), University of the Pacific (two), Brown University (one), California State University, Northridge (one), Hartwick College (one), Iona College (one), Marist College (one), San Diego State University (one), the University of California-Davis (one) and Wagner College (one) each garnered a minimum of one athlete on either the First, Second, Third or Honorable Mention Division I All-America lists.

Headlining the team is 2015 and 2017 Division I Player of the Year Maggie Steffens of National Champion Stanford.  A four-time All-America First Team selection with previous notices in 2015, 2014 and 2013 prior to taking off the 2016 season to prepare for the Olympics, Steffens is the fifth athlete to repeat as National Player of the Year joining Coralie Simmons (1997, 1998) and Kelly Rulon (2006, 2007) of UCLA and fellow Cardinal Jackie Frank (2002, 2003) and Annika Dries (2011, 2014).

Ashleigh Johnson (2013 Third Team, 2014 Honorable Mention, 2015 Second Team, 2017 First Team) of Princeton, Steffens (2013 First Team, 2014 First Team, 2015 First Team, 2017 First Team) and Rachel Fattal (2013 First Team, 2014 First Team, 2015 First Team, 2017 First Team) all become four-time All-America recipients, while Jamie Neushul (2014 Honorable Mention, 2015 Honorable Mention, 2017 First Team) and Jordan Rainey (2015 Honorable Mention, 2016 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention) of Stanford, Dora Antal (2014 First Team, 2015 First Team, 2017 First Team) and Anna Illes (2014 Honorable Mention, 2015 Second Team, 2017 Second Team) of California, Stephania Haralbidis (2015 Second Team, 2016 First Team, 2017 First Team) of USC, Allison Skaggs (2015 Honorable Mention, 2016 Honorable Mention, 2017 Second Team) of Michigan, Kelly Matthews (2015 Honorable Mention, 2016 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention) of Indiana and Caroline Israels (2015 Honorable Mention, 2016 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention) of San Diego State each receive their third All-America nod.

Gabby Stone (2015 Second Team, 2017 Second Team) and Dani Jackovich (2016 Third Team, 2017 Honorable Mention) of Stanford, Mary Brooks (2016 Second Team, 2017 Second Team) and McKenna Mitchell (2015 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention) of UC-Irvine, Kodi Hill (2015 Second Team, 2017 Second Team) and Aly Williams (2015 Third Team, 2017 Third Team) of UCLA, Chloe Barr (2015 Second Team, 2017 Third Team) of Hawaii, Amanda Logan (2016 First Team, 2017 Third Team), Brianna Daboub (2016 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention) and Brigitta Games (2015 Honorable Mention, 2017 Third Team) of USC, Mia Rycraw (2016 Second Team, 2017 Honorable Mention) of Arizona State, Cleo Harrington (2016 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention) of Harvard, Zsofia Polak (2016 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention) of Hartwick and Haley Wan (2016 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention) of Princeton each earn their second All-America recognition as 25 of the 46 athletes on the 2017 squad previously earned laurels.

John Tanner of Stanford takes his fifth Women's Division I Coach of the Year honor following previous accolades in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2003 and 2015.  His selection continues a run of back-and-forth nods between Tanner and seven-time Coach of the Year Jovan Vavic (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2016) of USC as the pair combined for every Coach of the Year award since 2010.  Factoring in former UCLA head coach/current United States Women's National Team head coach Adam Krikorian (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2001) the trio hold each Coach of the Year award since 2001.

The ACWPC All-America teams are selected based on nominations and voting by the head coach of each program by National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division (Division I, II, III).

Since 2005, the mission of the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) is to promote the development and advancement of collegiate water polo.  This shall be accomplished by providing its membership with professional education, services, training and a united voice.

2017 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Division I All-America Team

Division I Player of the Year:

Maggie Steffens (Stanford University)

Division I Coach of the Year:

John Tanner (Stanford University)

First Team

 

Ashleigh Johnson (Goalie)

Princeton University

Maggie Steffens

Stanford University

Jamie Neushul

Stanford University

Dora Antal

University of California

Rachel Fattal

University of California, Los Angeles

Maddie Musselman

University of California, Los Angeles

Stephania Haralbidis

University of Southern California

Second Team

 

Gabby Stone (Goalie)

Stanford University

Makenzie Fischer

Stanford University

Anna Illes

University of California

Mary Brooks

University of California, Irvine

Kodi Hill

University of California, Los Angeles

Allison Skaggs

University of Michigan

Maud Meggens

University of Southern California

Third Team

Amanda Logan (Goalie)

University of Southern California

Brigitta Games

University of Southern California

Bente Rogge

Arizona State University

Christina Kotsia

Long Beach State University

Alys Williams

University of California, Los Angeles

Chloe Barr

University of Hawaii

Kyra Christmas

University of the Pacific

Honorable Mention

Mia Rycraw (Goalie)

Arizona State University

Cleo Harrington (Goalie)

Harvard University

Eirini Patras (Goalie)

Long Beach State University

Madeline Trabucco (Goalie)

University of California

Kelly Matthews

Indiana University

Mollie Williams

Indiana University

Jordan Raney

Stanford University

Dani Jackovich

Stanford University

Lena Mihailovic

Arizona State University

Marisa Kolokotronis

Brown University

Madeleine Sanchez

California State University, Northridge

Zsofia Polak

Hartwick College

Michelle Martinelli

Harvard University

Hannah Schultz

Iona College

Amanda Amorosa

Marist College

Haley Wan

Princeton University

Caroline Israels

San Diego State University

Emma Wright

University of California

Greta Kohlmoos

University of California, Davis

McKenna Mitchell

University of California, Irvine

Irene Gonzalez

University of Hawaii

Maddy Steere

University of Michigan

Brianna Daboub

University of Southern California

Mariana Duarte

University of the Pacific

Kim Watson

Wagner College

 

Division I Players of the Year (1995-to-Present):

  • 2017 - Maggie Steffens (Stanford University)
  • 2016 - Stephania Haralabidis (University of Southern California)
  • 2015 - Maggie Steffens (Stanford University)
  • 2014 - Annika Dries (Stanford University)
  • 2013 - Melissa Seidemann (Stanford University)
  • 2012 - Kiley Neushel (Stanford University)
  • 2011 - Annika Dries (Stanford University)
  • 2010 - Kami Craig (University of Southern California)
  • 2009 - Tanya Gandy (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 2008 - Courtney Matthewson (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 2007 - Kelly Rulon (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 2006 - Kelly Rulon (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 2005 - Natalie Golda (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 2004 - Moriah Van Norman (University of Southern California)
  • 2003 - Jackie Frank (Stanford University)
  • 2002 - Jackie Frank (Stanford University)
  • 2001 - Brenda Villa (Stanford University)
  • 2000 - Elaine Zivich (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 1999 - Bernice Orwig (University of Southern California)
  • 1998 - Coralie Simmons (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 1997 - Coralie Simmons (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 1996 - Nicolle Payne (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 1995 - Robbie Larsen (Slippery Rock University)

Division I Coaches of the Year (1995-to-present):

  • 2017 - John Tanner (Stanford University)
  • 2016 - Jovan Vavic (University of Southern California)
  • 2015 - John Tanner (Stanford University)
  • 2014 - John Tanner (Stanford University)
  • 2013 - Jovan Vavic (University of Southern California)
  • 2012 - John Tanner (Stanford University)
  • 2011 - John Tanner (Stanford University)
  • 2010 - Jovan Vavic (University of Southern California)
  • 2009 - Adam Krikorian (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 2008 - Adam Krikorian (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 2007 - Adam Krikorian (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 2006 - Adam Krikorian (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 2005 - Adam Krikorian (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 2004 - Jovan Vavic (University of Southern California)
  • 2003 - Jovan Vavic (University of Southern California)
  • 2002 - Jovan Vavic (University of Southern California)
  • 2001 - Adam Krikorian (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 2000 - Dan Osker (University of Massachusetts)
  • 1999 - Jovan Vavic (University of Southern California)
  • 1998 - Guy Baker (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 1997 - Guy Baker (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 1996 - Guy Baker (University of California-Los Angeles)
  • 1995 - Dr. Richard Hunkler (Slippery Rock University)
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