Oct. 27, 2008
Los Alamitos, Calif. - In only two seasons of collegiate competition, Jillian Stapf has stamped herself as one of the top collegiate water polo players in the United States.
Stapf, a junior from Hudsonville, Mi, is so well regarded that she was invited to play last weekend at the prestigious Speedo Top 40 Tournament, a four-team tournament that featured Olympians that played at the 2008 Games in China along with some of the rising stars in the sport of water polo.
Stapf, who earned honorable mention All-American honors last year, played for Team Kapow which featured three-time Olympian medalists Brenda Villa and fellow Beijing Olympian Alison Gregorka. Villa and Gregorka graduated from Stanford University.
At the conclusion of three days of competition, the championship game featured Team Kapow and Shining Star. Shining Star prevailed with an 11-6 victory in the championship game.
During her previous two seasons at Cal State Northridge, Stapf has garnered 623 saves, second-best in school history, and only 138 short of tying the CSUN mark.
In other water polo news, congratulations to former CSUN water polo Allison Brookes who has been named one of 20 student-athletes from around the country to receive the Academic Momentum Award by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), and the Scholar-Baller Program. Sixty-three nominations were received from 39 different colleges and universities across the country. In addition to Brookes, winners included student-athletes from such academic institutions as Nebraska, Lehigh, St. Bonaventure, St. John's, Texas A & M, and Oklahoma.
Brookes, a three-time All-American from San Diego, graduated from CSUN in 2008 with a degree in Kinesiology. Brookes ended her four-year Matador career as the school's all-time leading scorer (222 goals).