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The Tritons received the ACWPC All-Academic Team award with a 3.27 GPA

Women's Water Polo Earns ACWPC All-Academic Award; Has 15 Named All-Academic

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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The University of California San Diego women’s water polo team had a total of 15 scholar-athletes named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic Team, the association recently announced.

In addition, UC San Diego received the ACWPC All-Academic Team Award for having a team GPA of 3.27.

The Tritons had nine scholar-athletes earn Superior status for a GPA between 3.41 and 3.70, including senior Halley Atkinson, sophomore Ciara Franke, freshman Lizzie Hansen, freshman Lyndsey Hightower, freshman Chloe Pena, junior Tori Rainone, junior Jessee Ransone, senior Shelby Stender and senior Maddy Wieseler.

There were also six Tritons who received Excellent status for GPAs ranging between 3.20 and 3.40, including sophomore Bennett Bugelli, junior Reilly Gallagher, senior Carly Innis, sophomore Taylor Onstott, sophomore Grace Pevehouse and senior Krista Schneider.

A total of 91 student-athletes from the Western Water Polo Association's (WWPA’s) nine institutions were recognized. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete’s head coach must be a member of the ACWPC while the athlete attains a GPA above 3.2.

UC San Diego (22-14) is coming off its seventh-consecutive WWPA Championship en route to advancing to the National Collegiate Water Polo Championship Quarterfinals. The Tritons will compete in their first season as a member of the Big West Conference in the spring of 2020. 

ACWPC All-Academic Team

Halley Atkinson
Ciara Franke
Lizzie Hansen
Lyndsey Hightower 
Chloe Pena
Tori Rainone 
Jessee Ransone 
Shelby Stender 
Maddy Wieseler

Bennett Bugelli 
Reilly Gallagher
Carly Innis 
Taylor Onstott 
Grace Pevehouse 
Krista Schneider

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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