San Diego, California - A school-record-tying four San Diego State water polo student-athletes earned All-America recognition from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). Junior Anique Hermann, sophomore Rachel Mitchell and freshmen Ioli Benekou and Alyssa Diacono all garnered honorable mention accolades.
The four All-Americans match the 2009, 2011 and 2012 teams for the best showing in school history and the Aztecs have had multiple All-Americans eight straight years and 15 times overall. The two freshman All-Americans, meanwhile, mark the first time SDSU has had two such honorees in one season in program history.
Hermann, a 2012 honorable mention All-America driver, doubled her total with her selection this season. The San Diego native and first-team all-Golden Coast performer led SDSU in assists (69), steals (77) and ejections drawn (70), while posting 49 goals, which was the third-highest total on the squad.
Mitchell is a first-time All-American after the sophomore stopped 297 shots and racked up 21 steals and 17 assists in 33 starting assignments. The first-team all-GCC selection from Danville, California, is the first Aztec goalkeeper to be voted to the All-America team since Kelly Campoli in 2012.
Benekou, the GCC Newcomer of the Year and first-team all-league pick, added another award to her trophy case after an impressive campaign. A native of Greece, the freshman defender scored a team-high 60 goals and added 27 assists and 42 steals, while starting all 35 games.
Diacono also enjoyed a solid first season on Montezuma Mesa. Hailing from Ladera Ranch, California, Diacono played in all 35 games and scored 47 goals on 52.8 percent shooting (47 for 89). Her shooting percentage was tops on the team and her goal total was the fourth highest. The honorable mention all-GCC choice also added four assists, 16 steals and 50 drawn ejections.
No. 17 San Diego State finished the campaign with a 23-12 record and won the first-ever regular-season GCC championship. The Aztecs’ 23 victories matched the 2013 total and represented the program’s most since 2008 when that group won 31 games. SDSU has now won 20 or more games nine straight years.