For the second consecutive year, UC Irvine junior and Big West two-time Player of the Year Mary Brooks collected second team honors on the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches NCAA Division I All-American team, which recognized a total of eight Big West student-athletes.
This is Brooks’ third All-American honor after receiving honorable mention accolades in 2015 and second-team honors in 2016. The junior is just the second repeat Big West Player of the Year and earned the honor after helping the Anteaters to the NCAA Tournament. The junior paced the ’Eaters with 66 goals on the year, which ties for the second-most in league. Brooks was also named the Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player after setting a new tournament record with a career-high six scores versus UC Davis.
Long Beach State’s Christina Kotsia and Hawaii’s Chloe Barr earned third-team honors after their own decorated campaigns.
Kotsia led the 49ers with 53 scores on the year for a 1.77 goals per game average. The senior helped the Beach mount its memorable run in the Big West Tournament in which she netted a hat trick versus UC Santa Barbara.
Barr led the Rainbow Wahine with 45 goals in her junior campaign for a team-high 1.73 goals per game average. This is the second All-American honor for Barr who received second-team accolades in 2015.
Rounding out the list of honorees with honorable mention nods is Long Beach State’s Eirini Patras, CSUN’s Madeleine Sanchez, Greta Kohlmoos of UC Davis, McKenna Mitchell of UC Irvine and Hawaii’s Irene Gonzalez.