TEMPE The Arizona State University water polo program celebrated its most successful season in school history with its highest All-American award haul in program history as the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches announced four Sun Devils to its 2013 All-America team on Tuesday.
Alicia Brightwell and Ao Gao each earned second-team All-America honors whileShannon Haas was a third-team selection for the second consecutive season. Redshirt freshman E.B. Keeve earned an honorable mention nod.
For Gao and Keeve, it was the first All-America honor of each career while Brightwell and Haas earned their second All-America award.
Brightwell had a second consecutive stellar season for ASU, finishing the year as the MPSF scoring leader for the second consecutive year with 84 goals also setting an ASU single-season school record in the process.
Additionally, Brightwell finished as the only Sun Devil in history to finish in the top 11 in every major seasonal and career statistical category in ASU. Despite competing just two years, Brightwell finds her name on the all-time top-10 list in single season goals, assists, points and steals as well as in the top 11 in the career versions of each of those categories.
With 159 goals over two seasons, Brightwell finished her career ranked third in career goals while she sits 11th in career assists with 48 giving her 207 career points, which is good for sixth in ASU history. Her 111 points this season (84 goals, 27 assists) are second in school history.
Brightwell was a prominent defender as well, forcing a team-high 77 steals this season the fourth-highest single season tally in ASU history and has 104 in her career for a total that ranks eighth in Sun Devil lore.
Gao was almost a silent assassin this season for the Sun Devils this year as she quietly put up one of the most well-rounded seasons in ASU history from the two-meter defender position.
Gao, a two-time Olympian for China, had 43 goals on the year while leading the team with 43 assists. The latter was the third-highest single season tally in school history while her 86 total points are eighth.
A lock-down defender, Gao limited numerous opponents on the season while forcing 65 steals on the year for the sixth-highest single season total in school history.
Haas wrapped up her four-year career as one of the most impressive centers in the country and one of the greatest Sun Devil water polo players in the program’s history.
The senior logged a career-high 72 goals on the year 35 more than her previous seasonal best and the second-most in the MPSF behind Brightwell for the fourth-highest single season tally ever. With 200 goals in her career, Haas finishes as the all-time No. 2 scorer in ASU history and the No. 5 all-time point-scorer as well.
Haas also finished her career with 89 steals, a mark that sits ninth in the ASU record books.
Keeve put together perhaps the greatest single season in ASU history from the cage, which is quite the accomplishment considering some of the numbers former great Caylinn Wallace put up in her career.
Keeve set the all-time single season saves record with 377, knocking off Wallace’s previous best of 346 in 2008. Her 63 percent save percentage on the year is second all-time among goalies with at least 50 saves and first among goalies with at least 200 saves.
She also obliterated the school record for saves per game with 12.46 on the season, a mark that paced that MPSF and was nearly two more saves per game better than Wallace’s previous record of 10.52.
Prior to this season, Arizona State had only ever posted as many as three All-America honors in one season, doing so in 2008, 2011 and 2012.
Arizona State Water Polo All-Americans
2013 >Alicia Brightwell (2nd), Ao Gao (2nd), Shannon Haas (3rd), E.B. Keeve (HM)
2012 Alicia Brightwell (1st), Shannon Haas (3rd), Mariam Salloum (HM)
2011 Sarah Harris (HM), Mariam Salloum (HM), Lynlee Smith (HM)
2010 Sarah Harris (HM), Lynlee Smith (HM)
2009 Addison McGrath (2nd), Lynlee Smith (HM)
2008 Addison McGrath (1st) Kelly Phelps (HM), Caylinn Wallace (HM)
2007 Addison McGrath (HM)
2006 Rowie Webster (3rd)
2004 Katie Davis (HM)
All-Time All-American Roster
Brightwell, Alicia 2012 (1st), 2013 (2nd)
Davis, Katie 2004 (HM)
Gao, Ao 2013 (2nd)
Haas, Shannon 2012 (3rd), 2013 (3rd)
Harris, Sarah 2010 (HM), 2011 (HM)
Keeve, E.B. 2013 (HM)
McGrath, Addison 2007 (HM), 2008 (1st), 2009 (2nd)
Phelps, Kelly 2008 (HM)
Salloum, Mariam 2011 (HM), 2012 (HM)
Smith, Lynlee 2009 (HM), 2010 (HM), 2011 (HM)
Wallace, Caylinn 2008 (HM)
Webster, Rowie 2006 (3rd)
All-Time All-America Teams
Honorable Mention Selections
Davis, Katie 2004
Harris, Sarah 2010, 2011
Keeve, E.B. 2013
McGrath, Addison 2007
Phelps, Kelly 2008
Salloum, Mariam 2011, 2012
Smith, Lynlee 2009, 2010, 2011
Wallace, Caylinn 2008