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Senior Chanel Schilling leads the Tritons into this weekend's WWPA Championship.

Chanel Schilling, No. 14 Tritons Seek Seventh-Straight WWPA Title

UC San Diego

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Chanel Schilling has come a long way from a kid on the youth swimming team to being named Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Co-Player of the Year. 

The development came with growing pains — literally. Mostly from her older sister and former UCLA water polo player, Elissia Schilling.

“My sister was kind of mean to me,” Chanel recalled with a smile. “She would just kick me, beat me up. It was really fun. It made me a lot better. 

“She’s the one who made me play, while I was just on the swim team. I didn’t even want to play water polo.”

The two had plenty of battles during practice at acclaimed Newport Harbor High School, where Elissia led the team to a CIF-Southern Section championship in 2012.

The two played under former Newport Harbor head coach, Bill Barnett, who won five CIF-Southern Section championships with the Sailors but passed away from acute leukemia late last year.

“(Barnett) was an incredible coach," said Schilling. "I learned a ton from him and so fortunate I got to have him because I wouldn’t be here without him.”

The Newport Beach, Calif., native is eager to work toward being a teacher following graduation, and hopes to study abroad in England while continuing to play water polo. 

A long-time youth swimming coach, Schilling is already a natural around children.

“It seemed like communications would be a good major for teaching,” she said. “I’ve always loved teaching little kids. I taught swim lessons to five-year-olds for a long time, so that’s what made me want to do teaching.”

No. 14-ranked UC San Diego (18-13, 4-0 WWPA) begins WWPA Championship play as the No. 1-seed on Friday, April 26, when it takes on the winner of Friday morning’s first-round contest between No. 9-seed Cal State Monterey Bay and No. 8 Mercyhurst.

In what will also be the program’s final WWPA tournament before moving to the Big West Conference in the spring of 2020, Schilling intends to enjoy every last minute of her final season playing college water polo.

“I love playing water polo, I don’t want it to end,” she said. “I’m really excited for this weekend, it’s fun to go to Ohio. I think we just have to keep playing how we’re playing and we should do really well.”

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UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
National Rank:  (CWPA)
Overall: 18-13
WWPA: 4-0
Home: 5-4
Away: 5-1
Neutral: 8-8

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THE SCHEDULE
Tournament Central
Game 5 - WWPA Championship Quarterfinals
vs. No. 8 Cal State Monterey Bay / No. 9 Mercyhurst 
Friday, April 26 • 3 p.m. (PT)
SPIRE Institute • Geneva, Ohio
Live VideoLive Stats

Game 8 / Game 9 - WWPA Championship Semifinals
vs. TBD
Saturday, April 27 • TBD (PT)
SPIRE Institute • Geneva, Ohio
Live Video

Game TBD - WWPA Championship Game
vs. TBD
Sunday, April 28 • TBD
SPIRE Institute • Geneva, Ohio
Live Video • Live Stats

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ROAD TO THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
After completing conference play with a perfect 4-0 record, the top-seeded and six-time reigning champion Tritons begin Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championship play in the quarterfinals on Friday, April 26, against No. 8-seed Cal State Monterey Bay or No. 9 Mercyhurst beginning at 12 p.m. (PT). The championship game will be played on Sunday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m. (PT), with the winner heading to the NCAA Championship on May 10-12, at Stanford.

UC San Diego is attempting to reach the championship for the eighth time in the last nine years, previously competing in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The best finish was in 2013, as the Tritons took sixth place. The NCAA selection show can be viewed live at NCAA.com on Monday, April 29, beginning at 5 p.m. PT.

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CHANEL SCHILLING NAMED WWPA CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Senior Chanel Schilling was named WWPA Co-Player of the Year on April 24 after finishing the season with 28 goals, two assists and a team-high 44 drawn exclusions. Sophomores Bennett Bugelli and Ciara Franke both joined Schilling on the All-WWPA First Team, while sophomores Taylor Onstott and Grace Pevehouse earned WWPA Honorable Mention and Maddie Bockman was named to the All-Freshman Team.

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WWPA Standings
1. UC San Diego: 4-0, 18-13

2. Gannon: 3-0, 7-14
3. Fresno Pacific: 3-1, 8-19
4. Salem: 2-1, 13-12
5. Cal State East Bay: 2-2, 13-14
6. McKendree: 1-2, 11-13
7. Sonoma State: 1-3, 7-14
8. Mercyhurst: 0-3, 6-16
9. Cal State Monterey Bay: 0-4, 7-16

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WWPA PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS
2018 - UC San Diego 
2017 - UC San Diego
2016 - UC San Diego
2015 - UC San Diego
2014 - UC San Diego
2013 - UC San Diego
2012 - Loyola Marymount
2011 - UC San Diego
2010 - Loyola Marymount
2009 - Loyola Marymount
2008 - UC Davis
2007 - Loyola Marymount
2006 - UC Davis
2005 - Loyola Marymount
2004 - Loyola Marymount
2003 - Loyola Marymount
2002 - Loyola Marymount
2001 - Loyola Marymount

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BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020 and will play a full Big West schedule. However, UC San Diego women's water polo will join the Big West Conference in the spring of 2020 and immediately resume its eligibility to compete in the NCAA Championship. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.

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TRITON NOTES

  • The Tritons are ranked No. 14 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 25 for the third-consecutive week, which matches the highest UC San Diego has been ranked this season.
  • UC San Diego has won six-consecutive Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) championships en route to six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • Senior Chanel Schilling was named WWPA Co-Player of the Year after finishing the season with 28 goals, two assists and a team-high 44 drawn exclusions.
  • Sophomores Bennett Bugelli and Ciara Franke both joined Schilling on the All-WWPA First Team, while sophomores Taylor Onstott and Grace Pevehouse earned WWPA Honorable Mention and Maddie Bockman was named to the All-Freshman Team.
  • The Tritons have won eight of its last eight games and 42-consecutive WWPA regular-season contests.
  • UC San Diego is coming off a Harper Cup victory against No. 17 San Diego State, 9-5, for its fourth-consecutive win in the annual cross-town rivalry.
  • The Tritons have already faced seven teams this season ranked in the top-10 of the CWPA Top 25 (USC, Cal, Hawai'i, Pacific, Michigan, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara twice).
  • UC San Diego has also played and seven other opponents ranked in the top 25 (Loyola Marymount twice, Indiana, San Jose State, Wagner, Long Beach State twice, CSUN, Marist and California Baptist).
  • Pevehouse leads the Tritons with 52 goals and 64 total points.
  • Onstott ranks second on the team with 47 goals, 16 assists and 63 total points, and leads the Tritons with 32 steals. 
  • Senior Krista Schneider has a team-high 26 assists and is second on the team with 25 steals.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli is 10-9 in the net this season as a starter, recording 159 saves with a .570 save percentage.
  • Junior goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher has a 7-4 record as a starter, and has amassed 103 saves with a .498 save percentage.

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UC SAN DIEGO NATIONAL RANKINGS
For full rankings click here.
• Preseason: 15
• Week 1: 21
• Week 2: 21
• Week 3: 20
• Week 4: T-17
• Week 5: T-17
• Week 6: 14
• Week 7: 14
• Week 8: 17
• Week 9: 16
• Week 10: 17
• Week 11: 17
• Week 12: 14
• Week 13: 14
• Week 14: 14

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MEET THE 2019 TRITONS
The Tritons return five starters and 17 players total from last season’s squad, including All-WWPA First-Team selections senior Chanel Schilling, senior Krista Schneider and junior goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher. Sophomore Grace Pevehouse earned All-WWPA Honorable Mention in 2018, while Taylor Onstott was named WWPA Newcomer of the Year and joined Ciara Franke on the WWPA All-Freshman Team. In addition, sophomore goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli was named WWPA Championship MVP.

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ABOUT CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 7-16
• WWPA: 0-4
• Home: 1-7
• Away: 2-4
• Neutral: 4-5
• National Ranking: NR

ABOUT MERCYHURST
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 6-16
• WWPA: 0-3
• Home: 1-3
• Away: 2-0
• Neutral: 3-13
• National Ranking: NR

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2019 WWPA Preseason Coaches Poll (first-place votes)
1. UC San Diego - 64 points, (8)
2. Cal State East Bay - 57 points, (1)
3. Sonoma State - 44 points
4. Fresno Pacific - 42 points
5. Cal State Monterey Bay - 40 points
6. Mercyhurst - 28 points
7. McKendree - 21 points
8. Gannon - 15 points
9. Salem - 13 points

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2018 YEAR IN REVIEW
UC San Diego is coming off a 24-12 campaign in 2018 and a berth in the NCAA Opening Round. The Tritons defeated 11 ranked opponents and won their sixth-consecutive WWPA Championship en route to a sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Five Tritons received ACWPC All-America accolades last season, including first-team selections Kayla Fedler and Chanel Schilling, second-team choices Krista Schneider and Reilly Gallagher, and honorable mention Taylor Onstott. Head coach Brad Kreutzkamp was named WWPA Coach of the Year for the fourth time in nine seasons at the helm, as he also moved up into second place all-time in coaching victories for the program. 

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HEAD COACH BRAD KREUTZKAMP 
Head coach Brad Kreutzkamp is in his 10th season at the helm, and ranks second all-time in victories in UC San Diego women's water polo history with a record of 200-140 (.588). Last season, Kreutzkamp passed former head coach Larry Sanders' total of 180 wins amassed during his tenure from 2000-09. A four-time ACWPC Coach of the Year and four-time WWPA Coach of the Year, Kreutzkamp has led the Tritons to seven WWPA championships and seven NCAA Championship appearances in nine seasons. Last season, the Tritons captured their sixth-straight WWPA title and seventh overall under Kreutzkamp's leadership. A former head coach of both the boy's and girl's varsity programs at Grossmont High School from 1996-99, Kreutzkamp came to UC San Diego as an assistant coach with the women's team in 1999 before joining longtime head coach Denny Harper on the men's staff the following season. You can read Kreutzkamp's complete bio here.

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