Welfringer wins distinguished SCIAC Character Award

Alyssa Welfringer makes a left-handed save.
Alyssa Welfringer (photo by Larry Newman)

ORNAGE, Calif. – Senior Alyssa Welfringer closed out her career as the first Chapman University women's water polo student-athlete to win the SCIAC Character Award. The distinction was announced in the release of the All-SCIAC teams on Thursday.

A two-time team captain and starting goalkeeper this year, Welfringer ranked second in the SCIAC with 42 steals in SCIAC matches this year and ranked third in saves. While the her senior year was her only year as the regular starter in goal, Welfringer was still selected as a team captain in her junior year.

As a freshman, Welfringer spent the majority of the season in the hospital after a grand mal seizure and epilepsy diagnosis. She was eventually cleared to play again and went on to be a leader on the team in and out of the pool.

Beyond the Chapman community, Welfringer has shown dedication to her hometown of Huntington Beach, Calif. She won the Miss Huntington Beach competition in 2017 and spent the next year working to better her community when she wasn't in the pool with her team.

Welfringer was Chapman's lone representative on the All-SCIAC teams. She was the lone senior on the 2019 roster.


By Steven Olveda
Sports Information Director

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