Oppermann, a senior from Fallbrook, created offense by leading the team in drawn exclusions. Her defensive presence was key, often matching up with the other team's best player.
"Claudia has been an incredible person to work with the past four years. Away from the pool, Claudia is a great student, teammate, friend, and mentor. I always see her on campus interacting with younger teammates--she fully embraced her leadership role and helped guide our team culture in the right direction," Oxy head coach Jack Stabenfeldt said. "In the water, her body positioning is remarkable and she consistently finds a way to impact the game positively. Versatility is also a big part of Claudia's game. In consecutive possessions she can win the sprint, get the center defender excluded, and play lock down defense on the opposing team's best player. We're going to miss her presence, but her legacy will impact the program for years to come."
Lavold, a first year from Tacoma, Wash., earns the honor after a standout first year with the Tigers. She guarded center and created offense with her movement.
"I can't say enough about Abby. She is a dominator that always competes. Her work ethic and confidence have definitely spread throughout the team," Stabenfeldt said. "Abby came in as a 12-side attacker, and she played most of her minutes this season in other positions like defender, center, and 45 attacker. Her willingness to play a new role allowed our team to compete at a high level. She has a great mindset and I'm excited to see her flourish in the coming years."