June 18, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- LMU's Nicole Hughes, Diana Romero, Anne Scott and Casey Flacks have been named to the 2009 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Women's All-American Teams. All four led the Lions to their seventh Western Water Polo Association title and trip to the NCAA tournament. Hughes, who broke all scoring records this season, was named second-team.
Hughes finishes her career with 320 goals and the 2009 season with a 129. The career mark shattered the previous mark held by Lucy Windes by 81 goals and this season's total would actually rank sixth in terms of career records. Hughes also set the single game record with eight goals in 2009, doing it twice. She also ends her career with goals in 70 straight games, dating back to her sophomore season.
The senior from Lafayette, Calif., was the offensive for a Lions team that scored the second most goals in a season for a team with 372, falling seven short of the record set in 2005. The goal support helped the Lions to a 26-8 overall record and a perfect 13-0 mark in the WWPA to win the program's seventh title in nine years.
The 26 wins is third most since the program began in 1998 and marks the ninth straight season the Lions have had 20 or more wins. They finish the year ranked 11th nationally in the final coaches' poll.
As for the sophomore Romero, she earns All-America honors for the first time, claiming honorable mention. The second-year All-WWPA selection became one of the top two-meter defenders in the nation, scoring 31 goals with 33 steals and 13 assists.
Joining Hughes and Romero with All-America honors for the first time were LMU newcomers, the junior Scott and the freshman Flacks.
Scott, a transfer who also earned conference swimmer of the year honors with the LMU swim team, earned honorable mention All-American honors in water polo with 58 goals, 34 assists and 53 steals. She was second on the team in goals and was a first-team All-WWPA selection.
As for Flacks she tied Scott for the team lead in assists with 34 while adding 18 goals and 50 steals. Flacks was on the WWPA All-Freshman team and was a first-team WWPA All-Tournament selection.
The three All-America selections is the fourth time in program history the Lions have had a trio of players earn the honor.
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