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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Julie Hyrne of the University of Michigan earns the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s highest honor as the former Wolverine joins the league’s Hall of Fame.  An induction ceremony was slated to occur during the 2020 CWPA Championship on April 24-26 at Michigan’s Canham Natatorium, however the cancellation of the event due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 prevents an in-person presentation of the award.

The third Michigan athlete named to the Hall of Fame joining previous inductees Betsey Armstrong (2008) and Shana Welch (2016), Hyrne is the 37th member of the CWPA Hall of Fame as the list of honorees includes: Richard Hunkler (Slippery Rock University/Coach, 2002), Dick Russell (Bucknell University/Coach, 2002), Lynn Kachmarik (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, Bucknell University/Coach, 2003), Ed Reed (Brown University/Coach, 2003), John Barrett (University of Maryland/Athlete, 2004), Paul Barren (West Chester University/Referee, 2004), Sue Kolczak (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2005), George Gross (Yale University/Athlete, 2005), Robbie Bova (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2006), Scott Schulte (Bucknell University/Athlete, 2006), Katie Grogan (University of Massachusetts/Athlete, 2007), Russ Yarworth (University of Massachusetts/Coach, 2007), Armstrong (University of Michigan/Athlete, 2008), Tom Popp (United States Naval Academy/Athlete, 2008), Diane Stein Swigart (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2009), Lars Enstrom (Brown University/Athlete, 2009), Leslie Entwistle (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2010), Chris Judge (Fordham University/Athlete, 2010), Carrie Basye-Becker (Slippery Rock University, University of Maryland/Athlete, 2011), John Benedick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Coach, Administrator, 2011), Kristin Stanford (Indiana University/Athlete, 2012), Mark Gensheimer (Bucknell University/Athlete, 2012), Adele McCarthy-Beauvais (Princeton University/Athlete, 2013), Simon Gould (University of Arkansas-Little Rock/Athlete, 2013), Tom Tracey (Villanova University/Director of Officials, 2014), Mike Schofield (United States Naval Academy/Coach, 2014), Goga Vukmirovic (Princeton University/Athlete, 2015), Rich Russey (Brown University/Athlete, 2015), Welch (University of Michigan/Athlete, 2016), Tony Paxton (Bucknell University/Athlete, 2016), Krista Peterson Polvi (Indiana University/Athlete, 2017), Jeff Hilk (Bucknell University/Athlete, 2017), Patricia Ann “Trish” McGuire (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2018), Steve Ennis (Brown University/Athlete, 2018), Elyse Colgan (Princeton University/Athlete, 2019) and Garrin Kapecki (Bucknell University/Athlete, 2019).

During a career in Ann Arbor that spanned the 2006-to-2009 seasons, Hyrne was pivotal in the rise of the Maize & Blue in the league and on the national stage.  A two-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-America selection with Third Team (2008) and Honorable Mention (2009) recognition, she helped Michigan capture back-to-back CWPA Championships in 2008 and 2009 to cap off her career.

A two-time CWPA Western Division Most Valuable Player (2008, 2009) and a four-time All-CWPA Western Division selection (2006 – Second Team; 2007, 2008, 2009 – First Team), she earned Most Valuable Player honors at the 2008 CWPA Championship and was a three-time CWPA Championship All-Tournament selection (2007 – Second Team; 2008, 2009 – First Team).

A 10-time CWPA Player of the Week selection – the most in Michigan history – she captained both the 2008 and 2009 squads and received the 2008 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.  A 2009 CWPA Scholar-Athlete and ACWPC All-Academic selection, she garnered Academic All-Big Ten and received Michigan Academic Achievement Award recognition three times during her intercollegiate tenure.

She concluded her career with 237 goals and 118 assists for 355 points in 166 games (2.14 points/1.43 goals/0.71 assists per game) with 171 steals and 124 drawn exclusions.

In the history of the Wolverines’ program, her name dots the Michigan record book in:


  • Single Season – 4th (82 in 2007), 9th (66 in 2008)
  • Career – 2nd (237)
  • Sophomore – 2nd (82 in 2007)
  • Junior – 4th (66 in 2008)


  • Career – 9th-T (118)


  • Game – 2nd-T (10 vs. University of California-San Diego on February 25, 2007)
  • Season – 5th (117 in 2007)
  • Career – 4th (355)
  • Sophomore – school-record 117 in 2007)

Drawn Exclusions

  • Career – 8th (124)


  • Career – 9th (171)

Games Played

  • Career – 3rd (166)

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