June 8, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - One UC Santa Barbara women's water polo player has capped her collegiate career with national honors, while another has an opportunity to gain experience at the international level this summer.
On Wednesday, Gaucho senior Jen D'Anna was named an honorable mention All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. Her selection marks the fourth straight year a UCSB player has earned All-America acclaim. The utility player from Riverside, Calif., tallied a team-leading 59 goals in 2006 while also recording 10 assists, 33 steals and 45 ejections drawn. D'Anna - also named honorable mention All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this season - scored 152 goals in her Santa Barbara career, second-most in school history.
Meanwhile UCSB freshman Amanda Tipton has earned a roster spot on the USA Water Polo Junior National Team, which will hold a training camp with the Senior National "B" Team in Los Alamitos, Calif from June 24-26. Following the camp, 14 players will be named to the squad that will participate in two European tournaments, in Greece and Italy. The Junior National Team will also travel to Athens, Greece for the Pythia Cup from July 18-24.
Tipton, a defender from Sunnyvale, Calif., finished her inaugural collegiate campaign in 2006 with 22 goals, fourth-most among all Gauchos. Her 48 ejections drawn were a team high.