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Women’s Water Polo Players are All-Americans

Christina Kotsia, Melissa Matheson and Chelsea Parks earned All-America honorable mentions from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.

Water polo action by Christina Kotsia

Christina Kotsia in the Big West Tournament third place match against San Diego State at the Anteater Aquatics Complex, Irvine, Calif., Sunday, April 28, 2013

Kotsia made 50 goals as a true freshman and had a 17-game scoring streak, then went on to compete for her native Greece in two Fina international competitions in August. She was on its senior national team in the Fina World Championships in which Greece came in sixth, then in the World Women’s Junior Championships for 20-year-and-under players, where Greece came in third.

Matheson finished her 49er career with 117 overall goals and earned her second All-Big-West second-team honors. Parks had 60 goals on the season and was named to the Big West first team.

For the seventh straight year, every Long Beach State athletic team exceeded the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rate (APR) minimum for Division I teams.

The APR covers a four-year period for the academic years of 2008-09 to 2011-12 and the 49ers surpassed the minimum score in 18 sports the school fields in competition. Sand volleyball is not taken into account because it is still an emerging sport.

The NCAA developed the APR in 2004 to measure academic progress and performance of student-athletes and their sports. All 18 Long Beach State’s teams surpassed the 930 minimum, with men’s basketball, men’s cross country and softball posting the highest APR for those sports in the Big West Conference.

Men’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s indoor track and field equaled last year’s APR, while men’s basketball, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, softball and women’s volleyball posted improved scores from last year’s report.

Student-athletes receiving athletically related financial aid earn one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible. A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s APR score. Teams that don’t meet minimum APRs can receive a variety of NCAA sanctions.

Long Beach State women's water polo player Chelsea Parks.

Chelsea Parks (10) of the Long Beach State Women’s Water Polo team. Photo by Steven Georges/LBSU