UCLA's Title IX 40: Seilala Sua-Zumbado, Kristee Porter
Oct. 2, 2012
UCLA Athletics continues its celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX with a series of profiles of UCLA's Title IX 40. This group of 40 Bruin women were game-changers in the Title IX era. Next up are seven-time NCAA track champion Seilala Sua-Zumbado and three-sport star Kristee Porter.
Seilala Sua-Zumbado, Track & Field (1997-2000)
The most decorated athlete in NCAA track & field history, Seilala Sua earned seven national outdoor and indoor titles in the discus and shot put while also earning NCAA outdoor and indoor All-American honors 14 times during her illustrious UCLA career.
Sua became only the second woman in NCAA history to win four consecutive individual crowns in the same event when she captured the NCAA outdoor discus title every year from 1997-2000. She also earned consecutive NCAA outdoor shot put championships in 1999 and 2000 and was named the 1999 NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Women's Athlete.
At the 2000 NCAA indoor championships, Sua won the shot put and placed second in the weight throw to help lead the Bruins to their first-ever NCAA Indoor Track & Field team championship.
Sua was a six-time Pac-10 Conference champion in three throwing events. In 1999, she became the first woman in conference history to capture three individual field events, winning the shot put (57-11), discus (199-9) and javelin throw (161-2). Sua helped lead the Bruins to four consecutive conference championships from 1997-2000 and was twice named Pac-10 Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
She also holds the UCLA-USC dual meet and Drake Stadium record in the discus (208-4, 2000) and led the Bruins to four straight dual meet victories over the Trojans. During her UCLA career, the Bruins were unbeaten in dual meet competition (32-0) and national dual meet champions all four years.
Sua was the most versatile and elite thrower in school history, competing in all four throwing events. Her best marks in the shot put (57-11, 1999), discus (212-10, 1999), hammer (216-2, 2000) and javelin (161-2, 1999) are all ranked in the Top 5 of UCLA's all-time women's performances.
Internationally, Sua was a member of the USA Olympic team in the discus in both 2000 and 2004. A three-time World Championship competitor, Sua was a four-time USA Track & Field national champion in the discus and earned the shot put crown in 2001.
For nine (1997-2005) consecutive years, Sua was nationally-ranked in the Top 10 in discus, including a No. 1 ranking for four straight years (1998-2001). In the U.S. shot put rankings, Sua was in the Top 10 for seven (1997-2003) consecutive years, with a high ranking of No. 2 in 2002 and 2003. In 2001, she was ranked No. 6 in the world in the discus.
At the conclusion of her competitive track & field career, Sua entered the coaching ranks as the UCLA women's throws coach in 2005. From 2006-11, she was the women's and men's throws coach at Cal State Fullerton and recently completed her first season (2011-12) on the coaching staff at the University of Hawaii.
In 2010, Sua-Zumbado was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
Kristee Porter, Volleyball (1998-01), Basketball (1999-01-02), Track & Field (1999-01)
Kristee Porter is one of the most versatile and elite athletes in the history of UCLA women's athletics. During her Bruin career, she was a standout performer in the sports of volleyball, basketball and track & field.
Under UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame volleyball coach Andy Banachowski, Porter was a four-time All-American (two-time AVCA and two-time Volleyball Magazine) and was named the Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year in 2000. For the Bruins, Porter played in 110 matches (397 sets) and recorded 2,255 kills, 4,936 attacks, 1,119 digs, 270 blocks, 2,515 points and hit .281. She is the UCLA career leader in kills, kills per set and attacks. Porter was the first Pac-10 player to record 2,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. She helped the Bruins to four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the Elite Eight three times (1999-2001).
She earned numerous other volleyball honors while at UCLA, including three All-Pac-10 selections (1998-2000) and three AVCA All-Pacific Region honors (1998-2000). Porter was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 1998 and became the first freshman in school history to record 30 kills and 20 digs in a match. Porter had a career-best 38 kills and 24 digs in the match.
Porter was a member of the USA Volleyball Women's National Team from 2001-2004. She played internationally for Gigantes De Carolina, a professional team in Carolina, Puerto Rico, from 2002-2009. Porter was named the league's MVP in 2003 and 2004 and helped the team with the league five straight years (2003-08). She also played for Bargas De Toledo in Toledo, Spain in 2005.
She came to UCLA from John Tyler HS in Tyler, TX where she was the girl's volleyball player of the year in the state of Texas as a senior in 1997 and a member of the U. S. Junior national team. An all-around talented prep athlete, Porter was also an all-state basketball selection and state triple jump champion as a junior.
Porter also competed for UCLA in basketball and track & field. While playing basketball, she ranked second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.1 rpg), third in blocked shots (1.77 bpg) and 11th in scoring (13.0 ppg) in 2001. Her 39 blocked shots that season ranked second all-time in Bruins history. As a member of the UCLA women's track and field team she earned points for the Bruins three times at the Pac-10 Championships, and in 1999 and 2001, she placed third in the conference in the triple jump.
At the conclusion of her professional volleyball playing career, Porter became a coach. As the head coach for three seasons at Navarro Junior College (NJC) in Corsicana, Texas, Porter guided NJC to a 19-11 overall record in 2011. She also coached the Texas Image Volleyball Club's 15's Mizuno Elite team in Dallas, TX.
In 2012, Porter began her first season as an assistant coach with the Colorado women's volleyball program.
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