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All-District Academic Honors

Water polo’s Flóra Bolonyai, tennis’s Zoë Scandalis and diving’s Haley Ishimatsu named to Capital One Academic All-District 8 at-large team.

Haley Ishimatsu is a former Olympian and one of the top divers in the country. Photo by John McGillen.
Haley Ishimatsu is a former Olympian and one of the top divers in the country. Photo by John McGillen.

Senior water polo player Flóra Bolonyai, junior tennis player Zoë Scandalis and junior diver Haley Ishimatsu were all named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 at-large team on May 15.

The designation honors student-athletes who have at least a 3.0 grade point average and are starters or important reserves. The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) runs the annual recognition program.

Bolonyai earned her second consecutive All-District 8 honor and was a Capital One Academic All-American first teamer last year. Scandalis and Ishimatsu are first-time selections. All three now advance to the final round of voting by a CoSIDA committee to determine All-American distinction among all eight of the district’s 10 winners.

Bolonyai was USC water polo’s first Capital One Academic All-American first teamer last season, and the 2012 Olympian and 2013 NCAA champion has only improved on her GPA in her senior year. Holding a 3.50 GPA as an economics and mathematics major at USC Dornsife, Bolonyai is a repeat Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Scholar-Athlete and American Water Polo Coaches Association All-Academic nominee.

 


Flóra Bolonyai, who earned her second consecutive All-District 8 honor and was a Capital One Academic All-American first teamer last year, is considering earning her master's degree in financial math to become possibly a statistician. Photo by USC Athletics.

The Hungary 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 recent NCAA all-tournament second team honors. She was the 2013 NCAA tournament most valuable player 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.

 


Zoë Scandalis is among the nation’s top-ranked collegiate women’s tennis players. Photo by USC Athletics.

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 at USC Dornsife.

Political economy major Scandalis competed on May 15 in the NCAA Championships Round of 16 in Athens, Ga., is ranked No. 19 in the nation in singles and No. 11 in doubles and is coming off a run to the 2014 Pac-12 singles title match. An Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American, she has a 3.87 GPA, was a 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic first team selection and was a winner of singles and doubles titles at the Freeman Memorial Championships. Scandalis also makes time to serve as a mentor to elementary school students at 32nd Street School near the University Park campus.