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Stanford's Villa voted Pac-12 Player of the Century in polo

 

Four-time Olympic medalist Brenda Villa was named the Pac-12 Player of the Century, as announced Monday night when the Pac-12 Networks revealed the Pac-12 All-Century Women's Water Polo roster on 'Pac-12 Sports Report'.

The Cardinal is well-represented on the all-century list with a conference-best seven players named to the 16-member squad.

Stanford's all-century representatives are: Annika Dries (2010-11, 2013-14), Ellen Estes (1997-98, 2001-02), Jackie Frank (2000-03), Kiley Neushul (2012-15), Melissa Seidemann (2009-11, 2013), Maggie Steffens (2013-15) and Brenda Villa (2001-03).

The team was voted on by a panel of 24 consisting of coaches, players, administrators and members of the media. Out of 51 nominees, the All-Century Team consists of 16 players -- eight drivers/attackers, six field/utility/center/2M and two goalkeepers.

Stanford leads all schools with seven players, followed by UCLA (6), USC (2) and California (1). Fifteen of the 16 members of the team are Olympians, with a total of 26 Olympic medals won. Representing three different decades, team members have taken home thirty-three NCAA Championships.

Here's a look at Stanford's honorees:

Brenda Villa / Attacker / 2001-03

* 2012 Olympic gold medalist

* Two-time Olympic silver medalist (2008 and 2000)

* 2004 Olympic bronze medalist

* Two-time Olympic team captain (2008 and 2012)

* Three-time FINA World Championships gold medalist (2003, 2007, 2009)

* 2005 FINA World Championships silver medalist

* Member of the USA Water Polo 2011, 2001 and 1998 FINA World Championships teams

* 2010 FINA World Cup gold medalist

* 2002 FINA World Cup silver medalist

* Member of the USA Water Polo 1999 and 1998 FINA World Cup teams

* Three-time Pan American Championships gold medalist (2003, 2007, 2011)

* 1999 Pan American Championships silver medalist

* 2002 Peter J. Cutino Award winner

* 2001 AWPCA Player of the Year

* 2003 Peter J. Cutino Award finalist

* 2002 NCAA champion

* Three-time first team All-American (2001, 2002, 2003)

* Two-time MPSF Player of the Year (2001 [co and 2003)

* Three-time All-MPSF first team (2001, 2002, 2003)

* Two-time NCAA All-Tournament first team (2002 and 2003)

* 2003 MPSF All-Tournament team

* 2002 MPSF All-Tournament first team

* Eighth in Stanford history in career goals with 173

* Career-high 69 goals in 2001 is fourth in Stanford single-season history

* Also scored 60 in 2002 and 44 in 2003

Annika Dries / Center / 2010-11, 2013-14

* 2012 Olympic gold medalist

* Member of the 2011 and 2013 USA Water Polo FINA World Championships teams

* 2010 and 2014 FINA World Cup gold medalist

* 2011 Pan American Championships gold medalist

* 2011 and 2014 NCAA champion

* 2011 and 2014 Peter J. Cutino Award winner

* 2011 and 2014 ACWPC Player of the Year

* 2013 Peter J. Cutino Award finalist

* 2010 third team All-American

* 2011 first team All-American

* 2013 second team All-American

* 2014 first team All-American

* Four-time academic All-American (2010-11, 2013-14)

* 2010 All-MPSF honorable mention and MPSF All-Freshman team

* 2011 MPSF Player of the Year and All-MPSF first team

* 2013 All-MPSF Second Team

* 2014 All-MPSF first team

* Three-time MPSF All-Academic (2011, 2013-14)

* 2010 NCAA All-Tournament second team

* 2011 NCAA Tournament MVP and All-Tournament first team

* 2013 NCAA All-Tournament second team

* 2014 NCAA Tournament MVP and All-Tournament first team

* 2011 MPSF All-Tournament team

* 2014 MPSF Tournament MVP and All-Tournament team

* Sixth in Stanford history in career goals (183)

* Fifth in single-season goals in Stanford history with 65 in 2011

* Tied for third on the team with 35 goals in 2010

* Scored 35 goals in 2013 despite missing the first month of the season due to injury

* Fourth on the team with 48 goals in 2014

Ellen Estes / Center / 1997-98, 2001-02

* 2000 Olympic silver medalist

* 2004 Olympic bronze medalist

* 2012 USA Water Polo Hall of Fame inductee

* 2003 FINA World Championships gold medalist

* 2002 FINA World Cup silver medalist

* Member of the 1999 USA Water Polo FINA World Cup team

* 2003 Pan American Championships gold medalist

* 1999 Pan American Championships silver medalist

* 2002 NCAA champion

* 2002 Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship recipient

* 1997 second team All-American

* 1998 first team All-American

* 2001 second team All-American

* 2002 first team All-American

* Four-time All-MPSF first team selection (1997-98, 2001-02)

* 1998 MPSF Player of the Year

* 2002 MPSF All-Academic

* 1997 All-Collegiate Nationals first team

* 1998 All-Collegiate Nationals first team

* 2002 All-Collegiate Nationals first team

* 2002 MPSF All-Tournament second team

* Fourth at Stanford and 25th in MPSF history with 214 career goals

* Owns the Cardinal's single-season goals record with 93 in 1998, a total also ninth in conference history

* Second on the team with 49 goals in 1997

* Third on the team with 37 goals in 2001 upon returning from two years of training and Olympic competition with USA water polo

* Third on the team with 35 goals in 2002

Jackie Frank / Goalkeeper / 2000-03

* 2004 Olympic bronze medalist

* 2003 FINA World Championships gold medalist

* Member of the 1998 USA Water Polo FINA World Championships team

* 2002 FINA World Cup silver medalist

*Member of the 1998 and 1999 USA Water Polo FINA World Cup teams

* 2003 Pan American Championships gold medalist

* 2002 NCAA champion

* 2003 Peter J. Cutino Award winner

*2002 and 2003 AWPCA Player of the Year

* 2003 Pac-10 Conference Medal winner

* Three-time first team All-American (2001-03)

* 2000 second team All-American

* Three-time academic All-American (2001-03)

* Two-time MPSF Goalie of the Year (2002 and 2003)

* Three-time All-MPSF first team (2001-03)

* 2000 All-MPSF second team

* Three-time MPSF All-Academic (2001-03)

* 2002 NCAA Tournament MVP and All-Tournament first team

* 2003 NCAA All-Tournament first team

* 2003 MPSF Tournament MVP

* 2002 MPSF All-Tournament first team

* Made 523 saves in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons (records from 2000 not available)

* 3.16 goals against average in 2001 is eighth in MPSF history and second in Stanford history

* 3.92 goals against average from 2002 is 14th in MPSF history and fourth in Stanford history

Kiley Neushul / Attacker / 2012-15

* Currently training with USA Water Polo for the 2016 Olympics

* 2015 FINA World Championships gold medalist

* Member of the 2013 USA Water Polo FINA World Championships team

* 2014 FINA World Cup gold medalist

* 2015 Pan American Championships gold medalist

* 2012 and 2015 Peter J. Cutino Award winner

* 2012 ACWPC Player of the Year

* Three-time NCAA champion (2012, 2014, 2015)

* Stanford went 105-8 during her career

* Three-time first team All-American (2012, 2014, 2015)

* 2013 second team All-American

* Three-time All-MPSF first team (2012, 2014, 2015)

* 2012 MPSF Newcomer of the Year and All-Newcomer team

* Two-time NCAA All-Tournament first team (2014 and 2015)

* Three-time MPSF All-Tournament team (2012, 2014, 2015)

* Third in Stanford history and tied for 20th in MPSF history in career goals (222)

* Career-high 63 goals in 2015 is tied for eighth in Stanford single-season history

* Added a team-high 51 goals as a junior (2014), 50 as a sophomore (2013) and a team-high 58 as a freshman (2012)

* Capped her collegiate career by converting a game-winning penalty shot with 11 seconds remaining to lift Stanford to the 2015 NCAA Championship

* Scored five of Stanford's seven goals in the title game

Melissa Seidemann / Center/2MD / 2009-11, 2013

* 2012 Olympic gold medalist

* Tied for second on the team with seven goals at the London Olympics

* Currently training with USA Water Polo for the 2016 Olympics

* 2015 FINA World Championships gold medalist

* Member of the 2013 and 2011 USA Water Polo FINA World Championships teams

* 2014 and 2010 FINA World Cup gold medalist

* 2015 and 2011 Pan American Championships gold medalist

* 2013 Peter J. Cutino Award winner

* 2013 ACWPC Player of the Year

* 2011 Peter J. Cutino Award finalist

* 2011 NCAA champion

* Two-time first team All-American (2011 and 2013)

* 2010 second team All-American

* 2009 third team All-American

* 2009 academic All-American

* Two-time All-MPSF first team (2011 and 2013)

* 2010 All-MPSF honorable mention

* 2009 MPSF Newcomer of the Year, All-Freshman team and All-MPSF second team

* 2013 and 2010 MPSF All-Academic

* Three-time NCAA All-Tournament first team (2010, 2011, 2013)

* 2013 MPSF All-Tournament team

* 239 career goals are tied for the most in Stanford history and ninth in MPSF history

* Scored a career-high 75 goals in 2013, the second-most in Stanford single-season history

* Posted four straight 50-goal seasons

* Also scored 51 as a junior (2011), 54 as a sophomore (2010) and 59 as a freshman (2009)

Maggie Steffens / Attacker / 2013-15

* Two-time FINA Women's Water Polo Athlete of the Year (2012 and 2014)

* 2012 Olympic gold medalist

* 2012 Olympic MVP

* Scored 21 goals at the London Olympics

* Currently training with USA Water Polo for the 2016 Olympics

* 015 FINA World Championships gold medalist

* Member of the USA Water Polo 2013 and 2011 FINA World Championships teams

* 2014 and 2010 FINA World Cup gold medalist

* 2015 and 2011 Pan American Championships gold medalist

* 2015 ACWPC Player of the Year

* Three-time Peter J. Cutino Award finalist (2013, 2014, 2015)

* Two-time NCAA champion (2014 and 2015)

* Three-time first team All-American (2013, 2014, 2015)

* hree-time academic All-American (2013, 2014, 2015)

* 2015 MPSF Player of the Year

* Three-time All-MPSF first team (2013, 2014, 2015)

* 2013 MPSF All-Newcomer team

* Two-time MPSF All-Academic (2014 and 2015)

* 2015 NCAA Tournament MVP

* Three-time NCAA All-Tournament first team (2013, 2014, 2015)

* Three-time All-MPSF Tournament team (2013, 2014, 2015)

* In three seasons is 11th at Stanford in career goals with 164

* Career-high 60 goals in 2013 are tied for 10th in Stanford single-season history

* Tied for the team lead with 51 goals as a sophomore in 2014 and added 53 as a junior in 2015

— Stanford Athletics

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