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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — 11 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) athletes are among 32 selections to the 2024 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division III All-America team.

Divided into eight First Team, eight Second Team and 16 Honorable Mention honorees, the ACWPC Division III All-America team is selected based on nominations and voting by the head coaches of each Division III varsity program.

Augustana College leads the conference with five All-America nods, while Austin College (two) and Macalester College (two) also record multiple honorees.  Penn State Behrend and Washington & Jefferson College are both recognized with solo selections.

Among the selections for 2024 CWPA Division III Champion Augustana, Casey Barragan (Jr., Commerce, Calif./La Serna/Fresno State University) garners First Team status with goalkeeper Lizzie Pelzman (Jr., Roseville, Calif./Roseville) collecting Second Team laurels.  The honors mark the second All-America nods for both athletes as Barragan and Pelzman respectively earned First Team and Honorable Mention commendation in 2023.

The duo are joined on the All-America list by the trio of fellow Vikings Charlotte Newport (Jr., Baytown, Texas/Ross S. Sterling), Ocean Akau (Jr., Pana’ewa, Hawaii/Kamehameha) and Annelie McGhee (Fr., Windermere, Fla./Olympia).

The award marks the second All-America nod for Newport who collected Second Team recognition in 2023.

Austin’s Cory McGrath (Sr., Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) and Alyssa Ross (Sr., San Jose, Calif./Leland) both receive their second All-America awards as the duo repeat as Second Team and Honorable Mention selections, respectively, after earning the same awards in 2023.

Macalester’s Jess Palmer-Sammons (So., Half Moon Bay, Calif./Half Moon Bay) and goalkeeper Jayden Kratt (So., Palo Alto, Calif./Henry M. Gunn), Penn State Behrend’s Darragh Martin (So., Green Lane, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) and Washington & Jefferson College’s Emma Halle (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) complete the CWPA’s 11 Division III All-America picks as the quartet earn their inaugural laudings with Honorable Mention footing.

Since 2005, the mission of the ACWPC is to promote the development and advancement of collegiate water polo.  This shall be accomplished by providing its membership with professional education, services, training and a united voice.

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