NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior water polo player Kelsey Millward has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America® Division III At-Large Third Team. Millward is the first Connecticut College water polo player to receive this prestigious academic award and the first Camel to be named to the At-Large team since All-American Swimmer Sarah Murphy '11 did so in 2011.
Millward left her mark as one of the most dominant water polo players to compete in the small college ranks. Millward and the Camels notched their fourth consecutive Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Conference crown here in New London with a 13-9 victory against Washington & Jefferson College in the championship match April 16.
Connecticut College Head Men's and Women's Water Polo Coach Matt Anderson was pleased to learn of the national recognition for Millward.
"Kelsey has done an outstanding job in the classroom and being named as an Academic All-American® is a great honor," Coach Anderson said. "She has done a great job of using all the resources Conn. offers to excel both athletically and academically. As she enters grad school at McGill University, she is well prepared to continue to shine in any endeavor she chooses."
During commencement weekend, Millward was honored as the co-recipient of the Anita L. DeFrantz '74 Award with her teammate, NCAA All-American Swimmer Sam Pierce. This accolade is given annually to the male and female members of the graduating class whose athletic ability, leadership and sportsmanship best exemplify the qualities of Olympic medalist and CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame Inductee Anita L. DeFrantz '74.
Millward was honored as the CWPA Division III Conference regular and post-season Most Valuable Player this spring. She exploded with 92 goal, 16 assists, 33 earned ejections and eight steals to lead the Camels to a 15-9 record with a 14-3 mark against Division III competition. Millward holds the Camels' all-time career scoring record with her 256 goals scored. The Camels posted a 65-42 record (.608) during her four years of competition.
Millward was recognized by the Association of the Collegiate Water Polo Coaches as Connecticut College's inaugural First Team All-American honoree this spring. She was named as an Honorable Mention All-American on two prior occasions in 2013 and 2015.
Millward is a Scholar of the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA), a member of Phi Beta Kappa (the national honors society for Liberal Arts Students) along with the History and Political Science National Honors Societies (Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Sigma Alpha). She has been recognized on the CWPA Outstanding Scholar Athlete Team.
Millward served as a senior admissions fellow at the College and contributed to the local community as an intern at an immigration advocacy and support center in New London.
A Dean's Honors student, Millward received her degree in International Relations and history from the College.
Will Tomasian has served as Connecticut College's sports information director since 2002 and has helped promote both men's and women's water polo programs from their infancy.
"This is a tremendous honor for Kelsey," Tomasian said. "But this is also a great day for all Connecticut College water polo players, men and women. We definitely need to thank Ed Haas in the CWPA and all of our media who have done a terrific job raising awareness about collegiate water polo and promoting these successful programs."