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Mariana Duarte and Kyra Christmas

Women's water polo players Mariana Duarte '20 and Kyra Christmas '20 garnered their second straight American Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-American honors.

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Christmas, Duarte named to All-America teams

May 29, 2018

Sophomores Kyra Christmas and Mariana Duarte were named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-American team, announced on Monday afternoon.

This is the duo's second straight All-American honor and the first time in Pacific program history that two Tigers have repeated back-to-back. 

Christmas and Duarte helped the Orange and Black to their first-ever undefeated record in conference (7-0) while leading the team to its second Golden Coast Conference title and NCAA Championships berth. Both All-GCC First Team recipients this year, Christmas and Duarte paved the way for the Tigers, combining for 123 goals, 62 assists, and 185 of the team's total points. 

Christmas, a Second Team All-American this year, led Pacific in points and assists with 101 and 40 respectively. The Redshirt sophomore from Calgary, Alberta, also ranked nationally in the top 10 in points per game (3.88) and assists per game (1.54). She scored in 22 of the Tigers' 26 matches including 16 multi-goal performances and 12 hat tricks. Christmas also earned Golden Coast Conference Player of the Year and All-First Team honors. 

Duarte, this year's ACWPC Honorable Mention, recorded career-highs with goals (62), assists (22), points (84) and shooting percentage (.380). The Sao Paolo, Brazil, native registered a goal in 20 of the Tigers' total matches.

Pacific (18-8) finished the season with a No. 6 overall ranking, their highest ranking in school history. The Tigers also clinched their highest seed in NCAA's at No. 5.

The prestigious ACWPC All-America award is the only one of its kind that recognizes athletes nationally and throughout all collegiate divisions. The recipients of these awards are selected by ACWPC member coaches from around the country who have an in-depth knowledge of the players and of the game. The All-America award is presented to players who exhibit immense athletic talent in the pool, show leadership and have helped to build the sport of water polo. 

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