She earns All-American honors, as well as a spot on the U.S. Women's National polo team
by: MICHAEL PIMENTEL, SHE ‘WINDES’ UP — Beaverton High grad Elsie Windes has taken her game to new levels at the University of California-Berkeley.

BERKELEY, Calif. - California junior and Beaverton High graduate Elsie Windes made her junior season with the Bears a keeper - and it's not over yet.

Windes, a junior two-meter defender, was selected a 2006 American Water Polo Coaches Association All-American. Windes, who earlier was selected first-team All-MPSF, was named a second-team All-American after leading the Golden Bears with 40 goals this season, including four goals in the MPSF Tournament and two goals in Cal's 7-6 victory over Arizona State in the tournament's fifth-place match.

She has now tallied 125 goals in three years and is a three-time All-American after being named honorable mention as a freshman and third-team as a sophomore.

Windes' 2006 Cal women's water polo squad, in its first season under former Olympic men's water polo coach Richard Corso, finished 18-9 overall and a school-record 9-3 in the MPSF.

In addition to her All-American honor, Windes was also one of six California women's water polo players selected to compete for USA National Teams this summer. Windes and freshman Stephanie Schnugg are among 20 athletes competing for a spot on the U.S. Senior National A Team.

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