SAN DIEGO The Golden Coast Conference (GCC) announced their 2021 All-Academic selections for women’s water polo on Friday, and the San Diego State Aztecs took home a program record of 16 honors. The announcement was made through the conference from their offices in Aliso Viejo, California.
Since the program’s inaugural season in 1995, only one other San Diego state water polo team has received double-digit academic awards at the conference in a single year; the 2019 team that received 11 GCC All-Academic Awards. The 16 awards are the second highest of any team in the GCC this year, behind the 18 Azusa Pacific awards.
To be eligible, players must be full-time students who have completed at least one semester at their respective institution, have participated in more than 50 percent of their team’s games, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
The 16 Aztecs who met the requirements are: Seniors Emily Bennett, Karli Canale, Lucia Carballo, Dani D’Andrea, Haley Hagerty, Maddie Higginson, and Rory Nuuhiwa, Juniors Delaney Binette, Raquel de Pinho, Jessica Leckich, and Spencer Samuel, Second semester Katie Ratcliff, and freshmen Believe Cerussi, Adriana Daniel, Kendall Houck, and Laurene Padilla.
For Bennett and Carballo, this is the fourth academic award from the GCC, while Binette, Leckich and Samuel have received the third time. The remaining 11 are receiving the award for the first time in their careers.
Since joining the GCC in 2014, Coach Crawford’s players have been recognized by the conference 68 times for academic achievement.
The state of San Diego finished the season in # 12 nationally, the highest final ranking since the 2013 season when the Aztecs finished 10th in the final American Water Polo Coaches Association (AWPCA) poll. The team earned part of the GCC title in the regular season with a 6-1 conference record and finished second in the GCC championship tournament.
2021 Golden Coast Conference All-Academic Team
San Diego State Award Winner
|Emily Bennett||Sr.||UTL||Oakdale, California.|
|Delaney Binette||Jr.||DR||Santa Ana, California.|
|Karli Canale||Sr.||DR||San Diego, California.|
|Lucia Carballo||Sr.||DEF||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Believe Cerussi||Fr.||CTR||Davis, California.|
|Dani D’Andrea||Sr.||DR||Rancho Cucamonga, California.|
|Adriana Daniel||Fr.||UTL||San Clemente, California.|
|Raquel de Pinho||Jr.||GK||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Haley Hagerty||Sr.||CTR||Rancho Santa Margarita, California.|
|Maddie Higginson||Sr.||UTL||Santa Clara, California.|
|Kendall Houck||Fr.||UTL||Sacramento, California.|
|Jessica Leckich||Jr.||DR||Coto de Caza, California.|
|Rory Nuuhiwa||Sr.||ATT||Napa, California.|
|Laurene Padilla||Fr.||UTL||Carlsbad, California.|
|Katie Ratcliff||So.||UTL||San Diego, California.|
|Spencer Samuel||Jr.||DR||San Diego, California.|