Bears Set Benchmarks With All-America Selections
The Cal women's water polo team made program history on this year's ACWPC All-America Team, placing two players on the First Team for just the second time ever while junior Isabel Williams became just the second goalie at Cal to be named a First Team All-American.
Attacker Emma Wright and center Kitty Lynn Joustra also became four-time All-Americans, joining Dora Antal, Anna Illes and Emily Csikos as the only Golden Bears to earn the honor every year of her career.
Wright joined Williams with her first career First Team nod. Wright previously earned two honorable mention accolades as well as a spot on the Second Team.
Williams joins Fana Fuqua in 2000 as the only Cal goalies to earn First Team All-American recognition. It is the first career All-American selection for Williams.
Joustra garnered a spot on the Second Team for the second season in a row. She also has a First Team selection and honorable mention on her resume.
Sophomore Ruby Swadling also earned her first career All-American accolade with an honorable mention selection.
Wright capped off one of the best careers ever at Cal in 2022, leading the Bears to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship while ranking in the top-10 in the MPSF in points, goals and assists. She was especially dominant in the postseason, averaging 3.8 goals and 5.0 points per game in the MPSF Tournament and NCAA Championship. Wright finished her collegiate career ranked fourth on the program's all-time scoring list with 208 goals.
Williams had one of the best seasons by a goalie in Cal history, leading the MPSF at 10.7 saves per game. She compiled 245 saves during the season, the fourth-highest number ever by a Golden Bear goalie. Williams was twice named MPSF Player of the Week.
Joustra continued to be arguably the most dominant center in the country. She ranked third on the Bears with 31 goals while registering a whopping 60 earned ejections.
After opting out of the 2021 season, Swadling picked up where she left off when she was named to the MPSF All-Newcomer Team as a freshman in 2020. Swadling tied for the team lead with 32 assists while ranking second with 67 points and 35 goals.
The Bears went 17-6 this season and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship for the eighth time since 2010. Cal finished the year ranked No. 3 in the final CWPA Top-25.