W&J Women's Water Polo Garners Three All-Americans
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) released its 2011 Division III Women’s All-American Teams on Tuesday and Washington & Jefferson College had three players selected to the honorable-mention squad.
Recent graduates Katie Wieber (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) and Kate Van Schaik (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) and rising senior Sarah Cull (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) were all honored as ACWPC All-Americans for the first time in their careers.
The All-America trio helped the Presidents enjoy their most successful season with an 11-7 record, the first winning season in the 12-year history of the sport at the college. Second-year Head Coach Greg Jones guided W&J to a No. 2 ranking in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Top 5 poll. The 11 victories tied the school record established by the 2009 Presidents (11-14).
Wieber, who became just the second player in W&J women’s water polo history to be named to the CWPA Division III All-Conference First Team, led the team with 41 goals and 30 steals. She finished her four-year career with 76 goals and 32 assists for 108 points as well as 55 steals on the defensive end.
Van Schaik produced 25 goals and 21 assists this past spring, while notching 18 steals. She scored at least 10 goals during all four years on campus, including a career-best, 36-goal season in 2010. Van Schaik notched 155 career points (88 goals, 67 assists).
Cull had a breakout season in 2011 with 34 goals and 18 assists. Her 52 points tied Wieber for the team lead. Cull fired a team-high 84 shots and picked up 25 steals on the defensive end of the pool. She will enter her senior year with 96 points (54 goals, 42 assists) and 53 steals.
University of Redlands Head Coach Tom Whittemore was named the Division III Coach of the Year, while Tamara Perea of Pomona-Pitzer was selected as the Division III Player of the Year.