Union Democrat staff

Sonora High School graduate Sammie Slater has been honored as an All-American in water polo.

She is the first player from Sonora High School to be an All American in water polo.

Coach Matt Personius said, "This is really an incredible honor and a validation of all the hard work Sam has put in over the past four years. Very few high school athletes in any sport are named All-American making this a prestigious achievement and placing her among the elite athletes her age."

Slater, who graduated in June, was honored in July by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.

The 2016-2017 NISCA/Speedo Girls Water Polo All America recognized six teams with 14 members on each squad. Slater was named to the fourth team.

Slater had not played water polo until she was in high school, but by her junior year she was leading the team with with 128 goals in 29 games. In her senior year, she had 139 goals in 30 games, a 4.6 per game average. She scored 40 percent of the Wildcat goals that season.

Slater finished her senior season as the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III most valuable water polo player.

Slater, who also holds a number of records in swimming, received a scholarship to swim at Division 1 Pepperdine University.

The NISCA is a professional organization that supports high school coaches of all aquatic sports.