Women's Water Polo Places Four on ACWPC All-America Academic Team
July 24, 2008
DENVER, CO - Four George Washington women's water polo players were named to the 2007 Women's All-America Academic Team by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) on June 23. The Colonials posted a team GPA of 3.00 to join 22 other programs that earned the All-America Academic Team Award.
Rebecca Stein `08 (San Diego, CA/Torrey Pines) and sophomore Marissa Stamler (Coral Gables, FL/Ransom Everglades) earned outstanding status for posting a grade-point average between 3.71 and 4.0. Stein, who was the co-recipient of the GW Athletic Department's Student-Athlete Advisory Council Senior Female Athlete Academic Award in May, chipped in 13 goals, six assists and 16 steals for the Colonials in 2008. It marks the third consecutive year Stein was recognized in the outstanding category of the ACWPC's All-America Academic Team.
Stamler, a driver, led GW with 31 goals, nine assists and 40 points to earn second team All-CWPA Southern Division honors this season. Stamler also ranked third on the team with 31 ejections drawn and fourth on the team with 21 steals. Stamler earned superior status on the ACWPC All-America Academic Team in 2007.
In addition, sophomores Bernadette Karandy (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) and Danielle Mayer (Newport Beach, CA/Newport Harbor) earned excellent status with GPAs between 3.2 and 3.4. Karandy tied for third on the team with 19 goals, while Mayer chipped in nine goals and 14 steals in 2008.
To be eligible for the honor, student-athletes must possess a 3.2 cumulative grade-point-average or higher. The ACWPC is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the interest of college water polo.
GW eclipsed its 2007 win total with seven victories in 2008 - Villanova (twice), Siena, Grove City, Fresno Pacific, Occidental and Macalester. The Colonials lose four seniors, but return 12 letterwinners for the 2009 season.