UCLA's Kelly Easterday, Jillian Kraus Earn All-America Academic Honors

Aug. 15, 2008

LOS ANGELES - UCLA women's water polo senior Jillian Kraus and freshman Kelly Easterday have earned ACWPC All-America Academic honors, the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches has announced.

Kraus has been named an Academic All-American for the third time in her career, and Easterday has earned the award in her first season with the Bruins. Both student-athletes have been named "excellent" Academic All-America selections.

Kraus finished the 2008 season having scored 57 goals on 141 attempts, compiling 41 steals and 10 assists. The defender from Tustin, Calif., finished her career with 178 goals, the fourth-highest total in school history. Kraus, who also earned MPSF Co-Player of the Year honors in May 2008, gained All-MPSF Academic Team honors in each of her final three seasons (freshmen are not eligible for the award).

Easterday earned All-America Academic accolades after having scored seven goals on 22 attempts. The defender from Santa Barbara, Calif., also collected 13 steals and five assists.

Both Kraus and Easterday helped lead the UCLA women's water polo team to its fourth consecutive NCAA championship on May 11, 2008, with a 6-3 victory over crosstown rival USC at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. Kraus helped guide the Bruins to an NCAA championship in each of her four seasons with the program.

The ACWPC selects three All-America academic teams each season - outstanding (3.71 - 4.00 GPA), superior (3.41 - 3.70 GPA) and excellent (3.20 - 3.40 GPA).

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