Seattle, WA -- The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) has released the 2019 Women’s Collegiate Club All-Conference Teams today and includes 9 from the University of Washington out of a possible 16 for the Northwest Division.
The All-Conference selections, including the Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year in each of the league’s 15 women’s collegiate club divisions, are based on nominations and votes from the membership in each grouping. Normally, 14 players and 1 coach are selected to each division’s All-Conference Team (seven First Team, seven Second Team, coach of the year), however, ties occur and are accounted for with additional athletes added onto the Second Team if necessary.
The 2019 All-Conference honors mark the 4th year in a row that the Huskies have claimed the Northwest Division's Most Valuable Player Award (Flanagan 2016, Lipps 2017, Stone 2018,) with this year's award going to senior and captain, Mary Elizabeth Ward (#6, San Rafael, CA).
In addition, first-year goalie, Shelby Smith (#1, San Diego, CA), was named to the Northwest First Team All-Conference as well as last year's conference MVP, Karli Stone (#4, Tacoma, WA), and defensive stalwart, Jalene Weatherholt (#17, San Jose, CA).
Second Team All-Conference honors for the Huskies went to first-time recipients, Kellie MacPhee (#2, Encinitas, CA), Frances Dizard (#3, Seattle, WA), Katie Snell (#8, Cupertino, CA), and Hannah Sokol (#18, Arroyo Grande, CA). Snell and Sokol mark only the second time ever that a University of Washington B team player has made the All-Conference team (Tinsley 2017). Rudy Ramirez and the rest of the University of Washington coaching staff were named Coach of the Year for the conference for the third consecutive year.