Warde, Barr Headline 12-Member Big West All-American Class
2014 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-American Team
Two Big West standouts in UC Irvine’s Danielle Warde and Hawai’i’s Chloe Barr received second team accolades on the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches NCAA Division I All-American teams it was announced Friday.
This is Warde’s fourth recognition from the ACWPC after she collected second team honors in 2013 and 2012 and honorable mention in 2011. The Anteater is the third Big West representative to be named All-American all four years of her collegiate career.
Warde netted 39 goals on the year, the second-best for UCI, for a 1.44 goals per game average. The senior helped Irvine to its first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where the ’Eaters went 2-1 for a fifth place finish. With 203 career goals scored, Warde ranks fifth-best in the league record book.
Barr received her first nod after recording a conference-best 47 goals on the year for a Big West-high 1.81 goals per game average. The sophomore also helped UH to a conference-high 8.77 goals per game and led the 'Bows to their second Big West Tournament title and second NCAA Tournament appearance with as a member of the Big West.
10 more conference athletes earned All-America honors, led by CSUN’s Marisa Young who received third team All-American honors for the second year in a row. Young has now been awarded the highest postseason honor bestowed on a Matador by the ACWPC in back-to-back seasons. This is the senior's fourth recognition.
On the honorable mention list are Hawai’i’s Paula Chillida Esforzado, Claire Nixon and Zoe Respondek, while UC Irvine’s Mary Brooks, Jillian Yocum and McKenna Mitchell also earned nods.
Rounding out the list of honorable mention recipients for the Big West were UC Santa Barbara’s Samantha Murphy and UC Davis’ Keelia Houston and Allyson Hansen.
The Rainbow Wahine and the ’Eaters both boasted a conference-high four honorees in a single campaign. This is the third time UCI has received four nods (2011, 2014) while this marks the first season UH has achieved that total.