Pipkin Named All-American for Second Straight Year

Kate Pipkin (Photo by Minette Rubin)
Kate Pipkin (Photo by Minette Rubin)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – For the second straight year, UC Santa Barbara women's water polo utility Kate Pipkin has been named a Division I All-American, it was announced by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) on Thursday afternoon.

The Costa Mesa, Calif. native lands on the All-America Third Team after leading UCSB in points (76) for the second straight season. She was one of just two Gauchos to tally at least 30 in both goals and assists, finishing with 45 and 31, respectively. Those marks were both good for the second-most on the team.

After doing a lot of facilitating in the early parts of the year, Pipkin ended her senior campaign on a 10-match goal scoring streak, scoring 20 times over that span. Her .381 shooting percentage, 19 drawn exclusions and 21 steals all ranked in the UCSB top-5. She also added six field blocks and attempted the most shots (118) of any Gaucho.

Pipkin also recently earned her third consecutive All-Big West selection, making it 3-for-3 since transferring to UCSB from Indiana following her freshman season in 2016. She became the first Gaucho to earn First Team honors since 2016. Her efforts helped lead UCSB to a historic 22-win season in 2019, the most in program history.

View the complete 2019 Women's Division I All-America Team