PHOENIX, Arizona, September 14. FOUR aquatic sports athletes are finalists for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Annie Chandler has had a great year, winning a gold and silver at the World University Games. If she wins the award on October 16, she’ll be the fourth University of Arizona swimmer to be honored, and the second in a row after Justine Schluntz was named last year.
The other three aquatic sports athletes in the final nine are swimmers Kelsey Ward of Drury University, Laura Barito of Stevens Institute of Technology and diver Hayley Emerick of Trinity University.
It should come as no surprise that the University of Southern California men’s water polo team ranks first in the coaches poll. The three-time defending national champions are ahead of powerhouses California, UCLA and Stanford. The Trojans kicked off their season officially last weekend with two dominating wins over UC-Irvine and Cal Baptist, but California, UCLA and Stanford each came up with some easy wins as well, so the next poll is not likely to change.
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