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A conference-best 19 Tritons received WWPA All-Academic Accolades on Tuesday.

Conference-Best 19 Tritons Earn WWPA All-Academic Honors

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OAKLAND — The University of California San Diego women's water polo team had a conference-high 19 scholar-athletes earn Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) All-Academic honors, the conference announced on Tuesday.

To be eligible for WWPA All-Academic honors, a player must have competed in at least 50 percent of the team’s games during the current season, carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better, be classified as a full-time student for all terms of attendance and have completed a minimum of one semester or two quarters at his institution.

A total of 95 student-athletes from the WWPA's nine member institutions received the accolade.

Triton award winners include senior Halley Atkinson, sophomore Sydney Boland, sophomore Bennett Bugelli, sophomore Ciara Franke, junior Reilly Gallagher, freshman Lizzie Hansen, senior Riley Heiduk, freshman Lyndsey Hightower, senior Carly Innis, sophomore Taylor Onstott, freshman Chloe Pena, sophomore Grace Pevehouse, junior Tori Rainone, junior Jessee Ransone, sophomore Tera Richardson, senior Chanel Schilling, senior Krista Schneider, senior Shelby Stender and senior Maddy Wieseler.

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. 

UC San Diego WWPA All-Academic

Halley Atkinson, Sr., Human Developmental Sciences
Sydney Boland, So., Communication
Bennett Bugelli, So., Clinical Psychology
Ciara Franke, So., Human Developmental Sciences
Reilly Gallagher, Jr., Communication
Lizzie Hansen, Fr., Cognitive Science
Riley Heiduk, Sr., Management Science
Lyndsey Hightower, Fr., Human Biology
Carly Innis, Sr., Environmental Systems
Taylor Onstott, So., Human Developmental Sciences
Chloe Pena, Fr., Psychology/Human Health
Grace Pevehouse, So., International Business
Tori Rainone, Jr., Political Science/Public Law
Jessee Ransone, Jr., International Business
Tera Richardson, So., Psychology
Chanel Schilling, Sr., Communication
Krista Schneider, Sr., International Business
Shelby Stender, Sr., International Business
Maddy Wieseler, Sr., Psychology

About UC San Diego Athletics
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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