CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT water polo team was recently honored by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC), as Coach Mark Lawrence's squad recorded the highest cumulative grade point average of any team in the NCAA. In addition to the team recognition, nine individual student-athletes received All-Academic accolades from the ACWPC.
The Engineers collective GPA for the 2011 season was 3.55, the top mark in the country, ranking ahead of programs such as Harvard University, Brown University, Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University. It is the second time that Tech has been recognized for the highest team GPA. MIT received the same honor in 2005.
Nine student-athletes were also tabbed to the All-Academic team, including three who received an outstanding distinction, the highest level of achievement, given to honorees with a grade point average of at least 3.71. Senior Nikola Otasevic (Belgrade, Serbia), junior Brendan Deveney (Newton, Conn.) and sophomore Michael Farid (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) were outstanding honorees. Receiving superior accolades for a GPA of between 3.41 and 3.70 were senior Columbus Leonard (Mill Valley, Calif.), junior Kevin Hsiue (Alamo, Calif.) and sophomores Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.), Andrew Dorne (Irvine, Calif.), Scott Stephens (Los Altos, Calif.) and Dennis Smiley (Corona, Calif.).
Leonard, Otasevic and Hsiue are being recognized for the second year in a row, while the others are all first-time honorees.