Indiana University’s Kristin Stanford Set for Induction to CWPA Hall of Fame on April 26
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Former Indiana University standout, current Harvard University assistant coach and active Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) collegiate club official Kristin Stanford will be inducted into the CWPA Hall of Fame on the evening of April 26 at the Johnson & Wales Inn in Seekonk, Mass. during the league's annual banquet as part of the 2012 Women’s CWPA Eastern Championship at Brown University.
She will become the 21st inductee into the Hall of Fame adding to a list of honorees that includes: Richard Hunkler (Slippery Rock University/Coach, 2002), Dick Russell (Bucknell University/Coach, 2002), Lynn Kachmarik (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, Bucknell University/Coach, 2003), Ed Reed (Brown University/Coach, 2003), John Barrett (University of Maryland/Athlete, 2004), Paul Barren (West Chester University/Referee, 2004), Sue Kolczak (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2005), George Gross (Yale University/Athlete, 2005), Robbie Bova (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2006), Scott Schulte (Bucknell University/Athlete, 2006), Katie Grogan (University of Massachusetts/Athlete, 2007), Russ Yarworth (University of Massachusetts/Coach, 2007), Betsey Armstrong (University of Michigan/Athlete, 2008), Tom Popp (United States Naval Academy/Athlete, 2008), Diane Stein Swigart (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2009), Lars Enstrom (Brown University/Athlete, 2009), Leslie Entwistle (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2010), Chris Judge (Fordham University/Athlete, 2010), Carrie Basye-Becker (Slippery Rock University, University of Maryland/Athlete, 2011) and John Benedick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011).
The first honoree from either Indiana or Harvard selected for induction, and only the second official joining Paul Barren, Stanford is among a generation of players that expanded the presence of East Coast women’s water polo.
A three-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-America selection at Indiana by garnering honorable mention (2001), third team (2002) and second team (2003) accolades, she received the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor in 2003 and was named to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-Tournament Second Team the same season after leading the Hoosiers to the CWPA Eastern Championship.
The all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the Hoosiers’ program with 246 markers and 94 assists for 340 points in 135 games to average 1.82 goals, 0.69 assists and 2.51 points per game, she dominated league play during her tenure with Indiana earning All-CWPA First Team honors in her last three seasons of competition.
She began her collegiate career in 2000 earning All-Midwest Region Second Team accolades and All-Big Ten Tournament Honorable Mention notice for a season in which she posted 51 goals, 20 assists and 37 steals in 31 games in helping the Hoosiers to a 20-11 record, 13-2 in Big Ten Division play.
Her sophomore season saw her notch 57 goals, 24 assists and 31 steals in 31 games in helping Indiana to an 18-12 mark with a 6-2 record in CWPA Southern Division play. Stanford added to her legacy with All-Southern Division and All-Eastern Championship First Team laurels prior to garnering ACWPC All-America Third Team honors to become the first All-America selection in the history of the Hoosiers.
She repeated her All-Southern Division and Eastern Championship First Team honors in a 21-14, 7-1 CWPA Southern Division, 2002 campaign as she posted 66 goals, 30 assists and 51 steals over 36 games to finish as an ACWPC All-America Third Team.
Her best season came in 2003 as she led the Hoosiers to a 26-11 record, including a 7-1 mark in CWPA Southern Division action, while notching a single season record 73 goals, 20 assists and 55 steals in 37 games to repeat as an All-Southern Division and All-Eastern Championship First Team pick. Her performance helped Indiana claim the program’s first CWPA Eastern Championship and advance to the NCAA Championship Final Four in La Jolla, Calif. Following the season, she earned an ACWPC All-America Second Team nod to rate as the only player outside of the state of California represented on the first, second or third teams.
A three-time ACWPC and CWPA Scholar-Athlete (2001-03) earning Superior (3.41-3.7) honors in 2001 and 2002 with Excellent (3.2-3.4) notice in 2003, the Cincinnati, Ohio native’s performance out of the water is equaled by only her scholastic success as she 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.