It’s no stretch to say that the UCLA Athletics programs are talented. It’s no surprise to see UCLA athletes don their respective sports’ end-of-year award lists.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that more and more Bruin athletes are being honored as their seasons have come to a close awhile ago and the publications have sifted through the data.
Most recently, six members of the UCLA Bruins women’s water polo team were awarded All-American status by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. The ACWPC 2020 All-American list included Abbi Hill, Val Ayala, Georgia Phillips, Brooke Maxson, Katrina Drake and Ava Johnson.
Hill landed on the first team while Ayala was placed on the second team for the second straight season. Phillips, Maxson, Drake and Johnson were each an Honorable Mention as Phillips and Hill each represented freshman to earn their first honors. It’s a bright future for this group of athletes as five of those six were underclassmen.
The women’s water polo is just the most recent team to see their honors shine during the coronavirus pandemic. Men’s volleyball star Matt Younggren was named to an All-Academic squad while the women’s tennis team just signed a transfer from an All-American.
The women’s tennis team had a trio of All-Americans announced earlier this offseason while the men’s golf team had their own. It’s been a slew of honors so far since COVID-19 shut down sports, so we figured we’d count them down since April.
Four Men’s Volleyball players earn All-MPSF Honors
Onyenwere earns WBCA All-America Honorable Mention
22 Bruins named MPSF Scholar-Athletes for indoor track
Kyla Ross wins second consecutive Region Gymnast of the Year
Five Bruins earn CSCAA All-America honors for women’s swimming & diving
Bruins earn eight All-MPSF accolades for women’s water polo
Megan Faraimo named Softball America Pitcher of the Year
Pair of Bruins honored by National Football Foundation
Maya Brady named Softball America Freshman Player of the Year
Kyle Ross wins the Honda Sport Award
Men’s volleyball duo earns freshman All-American Honors
Daenan Gyimah earns third straight All-American honor
Emilie Paltrinieri, Emma Spitz named WGCA All-Americans
Devon Bling named Third-Team All-American
Keegan Smith named All-American for third time