2011 CWPA Division III All-Conference Team Announced; Genian Named Most Valuable Player
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Carthage College's Kimberly Genian (Sr., Gurnee, Ill./Highland Park) earned Most Valuable Player honors as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) announced the 14-member 2011 Division III All-Conference Team earlier today.
Voted on by the division's head coaches, six field players and a goalie are selected for both first and second team honors. In addition, the coaches vote for Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year honors.
In only the second year of CWPA Division III competition, the Lady Reds swept the major awards as Sarah Zink captured the Coach of the Year and Hillary Veselik (Fr., Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) claimed the Rookie of the Year honors.
Carthage placed four players on the All-Conference team as Genian, a 2010 All-Conference First Team pick, joins Veselik and goalie Christine Menzenberger (Sr., Mokena, Ill./Frankfort-Lincoln-Way East) on the First Team. Kati Pedersen (Jr., Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) completes the Reds' quartet as she earned Second Team laurels.
Grove City also received four spots on the All-Conference Team led by First Team pick Chelsea Johnson (Jr., Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington). Lauren Baur (Sr., North Wales, Pa./North Penn), Andrea Wilson (Jr., Newberg, Ore./Veritas School) and goalie Amanda Johnston (So., San Luis Obispo, Calif./San Luis Obispo), the 2009 Division III Rookie of the Year and a First Team pick, notched Second Team awards.
The remainder of the 14 selections to the All-Conference Team are single picks from each institution as Washington & Jefferson College's Katie Wieber (Sr., Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), 2010 First Team pick Heather Crockett (Jr., San Mateo, Calif./Aragon) of Wheaton College and 2010 Second Team selection Sachelle Taylor (So., Brooklyn, N.Y./Hold Childhood) of Chatham University complete the 2011 First Team.
Connecticut College's Emily Hunter (Jr., Cheshire, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall), Utica College's Evelyn Kurzac (Fr., Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein Cons) and Macalester College's Katie Eulau (Fr., Saratoga, Calif./Castilleja) earned their first All-Conference spots with Second Team recognition.
|Division III Team|
|Player of the Year:||Kimberly Genian (Carthage College)|
|Coach of the Year:||Sarah Zink (Carthage College)|
|Rookie of the Year:||Hillary Veselik (Carthage College)|
|Christine Menzenberger (Goalie)||Carthage College|
|Hillary Veselik||Carthage College|
|Chelsea Johnson||Grove City College|
||Washington & Jefferson College|
|Heather Crockett||Wheaton College|
|Sachelle Taylor||Chatham University|
|Amanda Johnston (Goalie)||Grove City College|
|Andrea Wilson||Grove City College|
|Lauren Baur||Grove City College|
|Kati Pedersen||Carthage College|
|Evelyn Kurzac||Utica College|
|Katie Eulau||Macalester College|