June 25, 2009
BREA, Calif. - UCLA sophomores Kelly Easterday and Katie Estrada and freshman Hannah Sebenaler of the women's water polo team have earned ACWPC Academic All-America honors, as announced this week by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC).
Easterday has secured Academic All-America honors for the second consecutive season. Estrada and Sebenaler earned the academic accolade for the first time in their respective careers. All three Bruins were named as "excellent" Academic All-America selections.
Easterday scored 11 goals on 29 attempts, collecting 24 earned exclusions and 12 steals en route to leading UCLA to its fifth straight NCAA title in 2009. A defender from Santa Barbara, Calif., Easterday scored one goal in each of the Bruins' first two NCAA Tournament matches in May (versus Michigan and Stanford).
Estrada registered eight goals on 15 attempts as a sophomore in 2009. Estrada, who has also earned 2009 All-MPSF Academic honors, collected five earned exclusions at the two-meter position.
Sebenaler netted nine goals on 25 attempts as a freshman. A native of Coronado, Calif., Sebenaler finished her freshman campaign having collected four assists, four steals and two blocks.
The ACWPC selects three Academic All-America teams each season - outstanding (3.71 - 4.00 GPA), superior (3.41 - 3.70 GPA) and excellent (3.20 - 3.40 GPA).