Next Level Watch: Aquatics athletes making a splash in NCAA competition

UCLA remains at No. 1

Three Santa Barbara products – Sami Hill, Kodi Hill and Kelsey O’Brien – have helped keep the Bruins at the top of the NCAA as the country’s No. 1 team. UCLA is 20-1 on the season and 4-0 in MPSF games after an 11-5 win over No. 7 Arizona State on Sunday. Kodi Hill, a junior, has 24 goals so far this season while O’Brien, a sophomore, has 10. At goalkeeper, Sami Hill has started in all 20 games she’s played. The Bruins also have Santa Barbara High alum Molly Cahill on the coaching staff. (By Presidio Sports Staff)

Kistler drives UCSD

Laurel Kistler (DPHS/SBWPC) was named WWPA Player of the Week honors for the week of March 9-15. The junior, an Environmental Systems major at UC San Diego, is using her speed and superb fitness to help lead the Tritons in the Western Water Polo Association. Kistler scored eleven goals, dished out ten assists, and made seven steals in March games against No. 8 Cal State Northridge, Bucknell University, No. 10 Princeton, No. 19 Wagner, and No. 13 Indiana. Kistler won Junior Olympic National Championships at every age level along with three Division I CIF Championships at Dos Pueblos High School including winning a record 67 straight games. This is the first Player of the Week award of Kistler’s career. (By Peter Neushul, Santa Barbara Water Polo Club)

Hendrix at Harvard

In the Ivy League, Charlotte Hendrix is midway through a career season at Harvard University where she leads the Crimson in assists with 24 and is second in scoring (46). The Junior Statistics major is a deadly shooter from outside but has the ability to bang down low and draw ejections. Before joining Harvard’s team Hendrix was a perennial club All-American and part of Santa Barbara Water Polo Club teams that won consecutive national championships at ages 12 through 18. (By Peter Neushul, Santa Barbara Water Polo Club)

Shining at Stanford

Jamie Neushul garnered her first ever MPSF Player of the Week award helping lead No. 2 Stanford University to a hard fought 12-9 overtime victory over the No. 3 Trojans of USC. The sophomore English major led scoring with a hat trick along with a key assist to her sister, Kiley Neushul, for the second overtime goal. Kiley returned the favor as Jamie scored the final overtime goal. Stanford outscored USC 3-0 in the two overtime periods.  (By Peter Neushul, Santa Barbara Water Polo Club)

Williams becomes three-time Academic All-Big 12 Conference Team member

Texas landed 16 student-athletes on the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Team, the league announced Tuesday. Among them was senior Emily Rose Williams, a Dos Pueblos alum, who led the Longhorns with her third consecutive selection to the Academic All-Big 12 Team. Williams is a medical engineering student.

Williams competed in the 50 yard freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 200 yard free relay and 200 medley relay at her last Big 12 Championships, where Texas won the conference championship for the third straight season. (By Presidio Sports Staff)