Aptos High senior Fiona Carey earned All-Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League First Team Honors in 2023. She helped lead the Mariners girls' water polo team to the Central Coast Section Division II finals against Stevenson School on Nov. 11. (Raul Ebio/The Pajaronian)

There were several key elements this season that helped the Aptos High girls’ water polo team reach last week’s Central Coast Section Division II championship game.  

But none was more impactful than having senior Fiona Carey take charge of the Mariners, who fell in a 6-3 loss to Stevenson School in the section finals at Hollister High School on Nov. 11. 

Carey finished with a team-best 92 goals to go along with 19 assists and 28 steals, according to the Max Preps website. For her accomplishments, she earned All-Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League First Team honors.

Aptos defeated Santa Catalina and Harker schools in the first two rounds of the playoffs in order to reach the title match against Stevenson, which beat the Mariners, 5-3, in non-league action Oct. 13. 

Fellow teammates sophomore Adelaide Friedley and freshman Mary Suarez-Abraham earned All-SCCAL Second Team honors. 

Friedley recorded 45 goals, 31 assists and 27 steals, while Suarez-Abraham established herself as the team’s lead goalkeeper with 233 saves, 35 assists, 25 steals and three goals scored for the Mariners.

Sophomores Madi Knudsen and Bellame Breen both made the honorable mention list. Knudsen had 30 goals and 22 assists, and Breen recorded 31 goals and 32 assists for Aptos, which went 4-4 in league play and finished with a 16-13 overall record.

Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Leah Murphy (Sr.), Soquel

Coach of the Year: Ryan Chapatte, Soquel

First Team

Fiona Carey (Sr.), Aptos 

Zoe Ann Watson (Sr.), Santa Cruz

Daisy Mueller (Sr.) Santa Cruz 

Violet Rubin (So.), Santa Cruz

Leah Murphy (Sr.), Soquel

K.K. Matthies (Sr.), Soquel 

Summer Stelck (Sr.), Soquel

Maddie Barwick (Jr.), Soquel 

Second Team

Adelaide Friedley (So.) Aptos

Mary Suarez-Abraham (Fr.), Aptos

Serena Manildi (Jr.), Harbor 

Abigail Higgens (Jr.), Harbor

Giulia D’Souza (Jr.), Santa Cruz 

Elizabeth Penny (Fr.), Soquel

Amelie Stotland (Sr.), Soquel 

Natalie Salerno (So.), Soquel

Honorable Mention

Madi Knudsen (So.), Aptos

Bellame Breen (So.), Aptos

Scout Bauman (Sr.), Harbor 

Kate Brandon (So.), Harbor

Tess Reedy (Sr.), San Lorenzo Valley

Natasha Gunion (Sr.), SLV

Ben Sommereville (So.), Santa Cruz 

Sage Steller-Croll (Fr.), Santa Cruz 

Isabella Bridi-Milligan (Fr.), Soquel 

Libby Forrest (So.), Soquel

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