Stanford Set to Join CWPA Hall of Fame
April 12, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Indiana women's water polo standout Kristin Stanford will be inducted into the CWPA Hall of Fame on April 26 during the league's annual banquet at the 2012 CWPA Eastern Championship hosted by Brown University. Stanford is the 21st inductee into the Hall of Fame and the first Hoosier to earn the prestigious honor.
"It is with great pride and admiration that Indiana Water Polo celebrates Kristin Stanford's induction into the CWPA Hall of Fame," said Indiana head coach Barry King. "Her athletic career accomplishments speak for themselves, but her ability to be the best teammate possible is what made her the great player she was."
Stanford, a three-time ACWPC (Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches) All-American, is the all-time scoring leader at Indiana, notching 246 goals during her stellar career from 2000-03. She is also in the top-10 on the IU career assists (94) and steals (174) lists. The Cincinnati, Ohio native is one of five players to score an IU single-game record of six goals, which she accomplished on four occasions.
Stanford collected numerous CWPA awards throughout her career for success both in and out of the pool. In each of her final three seasons in Bloomington, she earned Eastern Championship first team honors and All-Division first team accolades. Stanford also garnered recognition on the ACWPC All-Academic team, the CWPA All-Academic team, and was named Academic All-Big Ten from 2001-03.
"Kristin was the epitome of a student-athlete during her time at Indiana, excelling athletically and academically," said King. "She has continued to make the program proud of her, attaining her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and remaining connected to water polo as a coach and official. It is very fitting that Kristin is the first former player of our program to be recognized for her career. We are very happy for Kristin and her terrific family."
During her senior season in 2003, Stanford racked up a school-record 73 goals, to go along with 20 assists and 55 steals. She helped lead the Hoosiers to a 26-11 overall record, including the program's first CWPA Eastern Championship and a trip to the NCAA Championship Final Four. Stanford was also named to the All-NCAA Championship second team in 2003. Stanford was named to the ACWPC All-America second team that season, marking the only player outside of the state of California to garner a spot on the first, second, or third teams.
Stanford racked up 66 goals, 30 assists, and 51 steals as a junior en route to earning third team All-American honors.
As a sophomore, Stanford became the first Hoosier to earn All-American honors from the ACWPC as she was named to the honorable mention list after posting season totals of 57 goals, 24 assists, and 31 steals.
In her debut season at Indiana, Stanford made an immediate impact, registering 51 goals, 20 assists, and 37 steals as the Hoosiers went 20-11 with a 13-2 mark in Big Ten play. She was named All-Midwest Region second team and Big Ten All-Tournament Honorable Mention in 2000.
Stanford and the Hoosiers put together an 85-48 overall record, including a 33-6 mark in conference play during her career in Bloomington.
Stanford's completed her Ph.D. in biomedical science from the University of California-San Diego in 2009. She earned a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology in 2004 and completed her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology in 2002 at Indiana.
A volunteer assistant coach at Harvard the past two seasons, she is currently serving a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School.
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