The Big West Conference (BWC) has awarded two members of the Rainbow Wahine water polo program with top honors on Thursday for their roles in a season that saw the 'Bows capture the Big West tournament title.
The BWC gave UH's Chloe Barr player of the year and Hawai‘i head coach Maureen Cole coach of the year honors.
Barr led the Rainbow Wahine to a 15-8 overall record with a total of 47 goals on the season, including two in the league championship. Barr led the conference in goals scored this season with 47 in 26 appearances and recorded a league-best 1.96 goals per game average. The Adelaide, Australia, native helped her squad to a league-leading 8.96 goals per game and a conference-best 6.13 goals allowed per match.
In her fifth season as head coach for Hawai‘i, Cole led the 'Bows to a 3-2 record in league play and Hawai‘i’s second Big West Tournament championship. The Rainbow Wahine defeated No. 1 seed UC Irvine for the NCAA automatic berth in dramatic fashion, an overtime goal with less than a minute to play in the final. That was the third matchup between the Rainbow Wahine and the Anteaters this season, with all meetings decided by a single goal.
Ranked eighth in preseason by the Collegiate Water Polo Association, the 'Bows climbed to No. 6 as of the April 22 poll. Cole will guide her team to the postseason for the second time as head coach, taking the ‘Bows to their fifth all-time appearance in the NCAA Championship and first since 2013.