Trio Takes Home All-America HonorsBergemann, Messer conclude CLU careers with awards
Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:02 am PST
Morgan McCardell (L) earned her first All-America award while Christina Messer (C) and Kelsey Bergemann (R) each added her second.
Photo: Tracy Maple
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Capping off their respective collegiate water polo careers, Kelsey Bergemann and Christina Messer earned All-America status as announced last week by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). Joining the duo was first year Regals player Morgan McCardell, earning her first recognition for Cal Lutheran. Bergemann landed on the Second Team while Messer and McCardell were named Honorable Mention.
Bergemann added a second Second Team All-America award to her repertoire following her senior campaign, repeating the honor she earned as a sophomore. She is a two-time All-SCIAC Second Team member and served as a Cal Lutheran captain while playing a key role for the Regals during her four years. In the pool she led CLU with 56 goals while adding 16 assists, 37 drawn ejections and 39 steals.
Messer earned the second All-America Honorable Mention recognition of her career after earning the honor in 2011. A two-time All-SCIAC recipient, Messer was a team captain and integral part of the women’s water polo program at CLU for four years. In 2012 she scored 38 goals with 15 assists and 23 steals while drawing a team-leading 52 ejections.
In her first season at CLU, McCardell made an immediate impact, being rewarded with an All-America nod. With 41 steals she shared the team-lead with teammate Claire Whitten. Her 28 assists was the most on the squad. The transfer tallied 31 goals and finished with 12 drawn ejections as well.
The Regals were joined by a number of SCIAC athletes on the All-America lists. The 2012 Co-Players of the Year were Chelsea Johnson (Grove City) and Annie Oxborough-Yankus (Pomona-Pitzer) while PP Head Coach Alex Rodriguez reeled in Coach of the Year recognition.
Cal Lutheran finished the spring with an 18-11 overall mark.
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