Former Clovis West High girls water polo standout Sarah Snyder was named an All-American for the fourth time by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.
Snyder made the first team for the second straight year, highlighting 10 local players – seven girls and three boys – recognized by the NISCA, which picked six All-American teams and an honorable mention list per gender.
The UC Santa Barbara-bound Snyder had 112 goals, 57 steals and 21 assists for a Golden Eagles team that finished as the Central Section Division I runner-up. She helped Clovis West reach the D-I final in each of her four seasons, winning two titles, while scoring 335 career goals.
Snyder, a former U.S. Women’s Cadet team member, was a fourth-team NISCA All-American as a freshman and sophomore.
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Adie Collard and Cassidy Crouch of D-I champion Clovis made the second team, Clovis North’s Savannah Fitzgerald was on the third team, Clovis West’s Maddie Loggins made the fourth team, and Sanger’s Savannah Mangrum and Clovis North’s Georgina Phillips were fifth-team selections.
Buchanan’s Thomas Vandiver was the highest recognized section boy, making the third team.
Jack Felsted of boys D-I champion Golden West was named sixth team and Zach Koch from D-I runner-up Clovis was an honorable mention.
Coaching honors – Three section coaches were among the 34 honorees during the California Coaches Association’s 59th annual awards night in Fresno.
Clovis West’s Barbara Bethel-Dorr (girls track and field), Famersville’s Michael Jordan (boys soccer) and Kingsburg’s Mike Manley (girls swimming) were all named state coaches of the year for 2015-16.