Alison Miller mentally checked the names she recognized off of the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-American list.
Years of playing club and Olympic Development team water polo had introduced the recent Merced High graduate to the best players that Northern and Central California had to offer.
If anything, it made having her name beside them all the sweeter.
Miller was named to the 2013 NISCA All-American fifth team after finishing her senior year as a Bear with 168 goals, 52 assists and 108 steals.
She was one of 137 girls 48 from California recognized from around the country.
"I had some hope, but it was still definitely a surprise," said Miller, who will play at the University of the Pacific next year. "They're picking from girls all over the nation.
"Our section had, like, four girls chosen, which I think is pretty good, but also shows how tough it is to be named to it. One of the other cool things I saw was one of the girls that is going to be my teammate next year was also on the list. So it's kind of nice to see where you are at in relation to everyone else."
Miller wasn't the only Merced-area prep to receive postseason accolades.
Cal-Hi Sports announced its all-state Baseball teams over the weekend with Buhach Colony's Daulton Jefferies earning first-team honors.
Jefferies' older brother, Jake, currently a minor league catcher with the Miami Marlins, received Cal-Hi honors in 2005.
Daulton Jefferies, the two-time Sun-Star Player of the Year, went 10-2 with a 0.92 ERA last season. He also hit .423 with 36 runs and 22 stolen bases.
Jefferies is set to play at Cal next year, but also was drafted in the 39th round by the Miami Marlins in June.