More than 1,000 student-athletes were nominated from across the nation.
Eighteen student-athletes earned All-American honors and 51 were all-conference.
The nine WCC schools put a total of 1,093 student-athletes on the list from the 13 sports that the conference sponsors, which is another new conference record.
Garcia is one of ten female minority finalists for the prestigious award.
Student-Athletes honored for their success, both in the classroom and on the playing field.
Pepperdine vs. San Diego, photos by Stephen Wandzura
Photos by Stephen Wandzura
Photos by Stephen Wandzura
Photos by Stephen Wandzura of the Waves' 2-0 victory over the Wildcats.
Photos by Stephen Wandzura of the Waves' 2-0 win over the Gaels.
CAREER: Has appeared in 53 matches over four seasons while making 30 starts ... Scored three career goals and added three career assists for nine points ... Has attempted 30 shots, putting 14 on goal ... ... For the fourth straight year, earned Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honors and was named a finalist for the award as a senior in 2011-12... Two-time WCC All-Academic first team selection and four-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honors.
PEPPERDINE 2011: Started all 21 games of her senior season as a central midfielder ... Scored a career high three goals, with her first career goal coming in a 1-0 victory over Long Island (8/28) ... She also added three assists ... Earned All-WCC honorable mention accolades for the first time in her career ... An Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award Finalist, Capital One Academic All-District first team, WCC All-Academic first team and WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honors.
PEPPERDINE 2010: Appeared in 12 games as a junior, starting two ... Made her starts at CSU Bakersfield (10/3) and Saint Mary's (10/24) ... For the second straight year, earned Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honors, WCC All-Academic honorable mention and WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honors.
PEPPERDINE 2009: Started seven of 13 matches as a sophomore ... Placed one of her three shots on goal ... A standout in the classroom who earned Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honors, WCC All-Academic honorable mention and WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honors.
PEPPERDINE 2008: Appeared in seven matches as a freshman ... Made her collegiate debut in Pepperdine's 6-0 win over Idaho State (9/26), playing seven minutes ... Recorded first career shot (and only one of the season) and placed it on goal at UCLA (10/3), a game in which she played a season-high 23 minutes ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honors.
CLUB: Has played with Placer United Prestige and the Roseville Diamonds ... Was a team captain with the U-19 Prestige team that won the 2008 Northern California title and was ranked #3 in the region and #4 in the nation.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Oakmont High School, located in Roseville, Calif., in 2008 ... Played four years on the varsity ... Named co-MVP of the Sierra Foothill League as a senior and was MVP as a junior ... A four-time All-Pioneer Valley League first team selection ... Had 12 goals and 10 assists as a senior and 55 goals and 34 assists in her career ... Team won two league titles and was the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion in 2005, her freshman year ... Also lettered in basketball and was an all-league player ... Was valedictorian of her graduating class and a Placer County Academic All-Star.
PERSONAL: Born in Mountain View, Calif. ... Daughter of Pat and Cindy Garcia ... Her father played football at Chico State ... Has two siblings, Kaila and Karlie ... Has an aunt and a grandfather who were student-athletes at Saint Mary's ... Majoring in business administration, minoring in nonprofit management ... Studied abroad during summer 2010 at Pepperdine's Florence, Italy program ... Chose Pepperdine because of "its excellence in academics, the soccer team and the coaching staff."
FAVORITES: Enjoys Sunday night dinners with her family and playing basketball and football ... Lists her sports hero as Joe Montana ... Favorites include Lionel Messi (pro soccer player), FC Barcelona (pro soccer team), Tristan and Isolde (movie) and Coldplay (musical artist) ... Favorite things about soccer are "the competitive environment, the emphasis on teamwork and the thrill of scoring a goal."