Bolonyai, Ishimatsu Selected To Capital One Academic All-America Second Team|
June 5, 2014
Bolonyai was a Capital One Academic All-American first teamer last year while this is Ishimatsu's first honor. Bolonyai and Ishimatsu joined junior diver Jordan Gear and junior tennis player Zoe Scandalis on the All-District 8 team announced in May.
The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; and bowling, rowing and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men. A combined 80 women and 80 men earn All-District honors (10 per district) while 15 women and men make up each of the All-America first, second and third teams.
Bolonyai was USC water polo's first CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American first teamer last season, and the 2012 Olympian and 2013 NCAA champion improved on her GPA as a senior with a 3.50 GPA as an economics and mathematics major. Bolonyai is a three-time MPSF Scholar-Athlete and an AWPCA All-Academic nominee. The Hungarian native also now stands as USC's all-time saves leader, having taken over that mark this season in leading the Women of Troy to another NCAA Tournament appearance. A three-time All-American, she is lined up to finish as a four-time winner to go along with her 2014 NCAA All-Tournament second team honors. She was the 2013 NCAA Tournament MVP as a junior after the Trojans won the 2013 national championship.
Ishimatsu, a 2008 Olympian, became the first woman to repeat as an NCAA platform champion since 1992-93 when she won the event at the 2014 NCAA Championships. She also earned her first All-American honors on 1-meter with a sixth-place finish and scored for the first time on 3-meter with a 13th-place finish. That followed springboard wins at the 2014 NCAA Zone E Championships and titles on 3-meter and platform at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships. Her platform title was her second straight conference crown on the board and she set a Pac-12 record in the process. Ishimatsu was named the 2014 Pac-12 Women's Diver of the Meet in addition to receiving February Women's Diver of the Month honors. She was a 2014 Pac-12 All-Academic first team pick with a 3.61 GPA in sociology.
USC has had two Capital One Academic All-America first team selections this year with senior baseball third baseman Kevin Swick and senior women's volleyball libero Natalie Hagglund. USC now has 33 first-team selections since the program's inception in 1952.