About halfway through her sophomore season, Ivana Castro has taken off and she credits her teammates for helping her navigate the transition from freshman to sophomore. And she isn't done learning yet.
Golden Coast Conference Action from Burns Aquatics Center Apr. 1
Briefly... Ivana Castro is in her fourth and final season of college water polo at LMU in 2016... another product of the Commerce Water Polo club...part of US National Development program since 2008...
HONORS/RECORDS...2015... Honorable Mention AWCPA All-American... First-Team GCC All-Conference... GCC All-tournament... 2014... Honorable Mention AWPC All-American... First-Team GCC All-Conference... First-Team GCC All-Tournament... RECORDS... 18th in career assists with 43...
AT LMU... 2015... led Lions to GCC title, playing in all 33 games... was second on the team in goals with 57, adding 32 assists, 41 steals and 14 field blocks... 2014... had a break-out season in earning honorable mention All-American honors and first-team All-GCC honors... scored 52 goals with 26 assists, 23 kick outs drawn and 37 steals... had nine goals, two assist and five steals in the GCC Championships, scoring three against San Diego State (4/26/14) in the title game and four against Santa Clara (4/25/14) in the semifinals... was named First-Team GCC All-Tournament because of it... had four assists in ranked win over Hawaii (3/9/14)... 2013... played in all 33 games as a true freshman, scoring 37 goals with a shooting percentage of .420... added 17 assists, 23 kick outs drawn, 23 steals and nine field blocks... scored four goals in the WWPA Championships first round win over Cal State East Bay (4/26/13) and four earlier in the season against Cal State Monterey Bay (3/23/13)... had a career-high three assists against San Jose State (2/24/13) and three steals against Stanford (4/14/13).
High School... graduated from Warren High School in 2012... eight-time letter winner, winning four in swimming and four in water polo for coach Josie Cordero... was a four-time All-League and four-time All-CIF selection in water polo, earning first-team honors all four seasons... played in more than 120 games in her career, scoring 75 goals in 2011 and 110 in 2012 while leading team in assists and steals all four years of high school... was named MVP all four seasons (2008-12) ... claimed CIF championships in 2011 and 2012... also was swim team MVP in 2010, earning league title in 200-Free and 200-Butter Fly in 2009 and 2010,
Personal... Ivana Alejandra Castro was born in Artesia, Calif., and is the daughter of Maria Torres and Gustavo Castro... volunteered at Williams Elementary School, while also volunteering at the Downey Dolphins and Commerce Swim meets... a Psychology major.