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Christina Kulick (l) and Cooper McKenna (r) were first-team All-SCIAC (photos by Caelyn Smith)
Christina Kulick (l) and Cooper McKenna (r) were first-team All-SCIAC (photos by Caelyn Smith)

Kulick, McKenna Earn First-Team All-SCIAC Honors, Menard on Second Team

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Christina Kulick and Cooper McKenna each earned first-team All-SCIAC honors for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's water polo team, while Maddy Menard captured a spot on the second team, the league office announced today.

Kulick and McKenna head into the SCIAC Tournament tied for the team lead in points with 48 apiece, with McKenna leading in goals with 38 to go along with 10 assists, while Kulick has 34 goals and 14 assists. Menard is the team leader in assists (25), steals (37) and sprint wins (35 of 40). 

Kulick has twice been named the SCIAC Offensive Player of the Week this season, the first time after she scored four goals in an 8-7 comeback win over Cal Lutheran on Feb. 23.  She added another one after tallying five goals and an assist in a pair of one-goal wins against Whittier (8-7) and La Verne (9-8) on March 16 and 19.

McKenna has provided a few dramatic moments for the Athenas this season, including the game-winning goal in the 8-7 comeback win over Cal Lutheran on Feb. 23 with just one second left. She also had the game-winner with just over a minute remaining in the 8-7 win over Whittier. She has also been incredibly consistent, scoring at least one goal in 23 of 24 games this season, including the last 20 in a row heading into the postseason.

Menard has done a little bit of everything as one of the CMS senior captains, winning possessions on sprints and triggering the offense with her passing. She earned the SCIAC Defensive Player of the Week honor after recording seven steals in a win over Redlands, and has had three assists in a game twice this year. 

CMS finished the regular season with a 12-2 SCIAC record, its most league wins in a season in program history, and its best winning percentage (.843) since the 1998 team went 7-1 (.875). The Athenas will host Whittier on Saturday at 11 a.m. in a SCIAC Semifinal, with the winner moving on to Sunday's championship. 

Note: The SCIAC charges admissions to its championships (free to students, faculty and staff with SCIAC ID). To purchase tickets in advance, go to the following link: 

CMS vs. Whittier (Saturday, 11 a.m.)