Work hard, play hard. A member of the women's water polo team, Becca Ur, does both with a combination of talent in the water and intelligence in the classroom. As a student at SDSU, she stands—or rather, swims—among some of the finest student-athletes with the distinction of being awarded a full athletic scholarship, numerous sports accolades and honors for academics.
It all began in Lompoc, California, where Becca demonstrated an aptitude for sports on the Cabrillo High School water polo team that she joined on a whim.
"I fell into it," Becca said. "My brother was the one who told me I should do it because the football team and the women’s water polo team held a football scrimmage each year. That sounded like fun so I went for it."
A three-year letter winner and MVP by her senior year, Becca helped her team toward a pair of league titles, as well as to the California Interscholastic Federation finals in 2003. At the same time, she maintained a spot on the principal’s honor roll all four years.
Her achievements garnered well deserved attention at the university level from athletic officials like Carin Crawford, head coach of the women's water polo team at SDSU. Stanford University and others tried to recruit Becca and failed. She became an Aztec in fall 2004.
Majoring in biology and taking pre-med courses, Becca has found a balance between athletics and academics. She was recently awarded academic All-League honors by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 3.67 GPA in biology for the third consecutive season.
"By virtue of her ability to successfully balance two very important aspects of her life," said Crawford, "Becca has earned the utmost respect of her peers on the water polo team."
The respect is mutual, as Becca attributes the successes of women's water polo to the team as a whole. Following the most successful season of women's water polo to date—including a fourth-place finish in its first trip to the NCAA Tournament, this sentiment is a demonstration of why she was voted co-captain of the team in the spring of 2006.
"A successful team is a privilege," Becca said.
The question now is what lies beyond the pool. Medical school is looming on the horizon, and Becca's ambition is to use medicine to help people who need it the most. But first, she's going to shine—working and playing hard while enjoying her senior year at SDSU..