July 23, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - Four members of the nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge women's water polo team have been accorded Academic All-American honors for their achievements in the classroom by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC).
Bethany Scamara achieved the highest honor given by the ACWPC by being classified as "Superior" for having a GPA between 3.71 to 4.00. Kristin McLaughlin gained "outstanding" honors for having a GPA between 3.41 to 3.70 while Kirra Kylander and Jillian Stapf rounded out the Matador selections by earning "Excellent" recognition for having a GPA ranging from 3.20 to 3.40.
To be eligible for Academic All-America accolades, an athlete must have a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA, must be at least a sophomore academically, and must have been an active participant on the team.
Scamara, a sophomore from Fontana, Calif. Is majoring in Physical Education. This past season, Scamara scored five goals, and collected three assists and three steals.
McLaughlin, a sophomore from La Canada, Calif., gained All-Academic honors by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in 2008. In the pool, McLaughlin collected 16 goals (#7 on the Matadors) and 37 steals (#2 on the team.). McLaughlin is majoring in Political Science.
Kylander is another sophomore who hails from Murrieta, Calif. Kylander also earned All-Academic honors by the MPSF in 2008. Kylander scored 19 goals (#6 on the Matadors) along with 37 steals (#2 on the team.). Kylander is a Kinesiology major.
Stapf, a sophomore from Hudsonville, Mi., collected 287 saves in 2008 to earn Honorable Mention honors by the ACWPC. Her 287 saves is third-best for a single season in school history. Stapf, a Kinesiology major, was a 2008 MPSF All-Academic selection.
Cal State Northridge was one of 22 collegiate teams given recognition for their strong gpa's as a team. The Matadors averaged a 2.90 gpa. Harvard University stood atop the academic ladder among collegiate women's water polo teams with a 3.40 gpa.
The four water polo Academic All-Americans brings to eight the number of Cal State Northridge student-athletes who gained national recognition in 2008-09 as Academic All-Americans. In track & field, Cody Pearce, Krystal Quinn, Brittany Rickets and Nick Saylor earned Academic All-American status by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.