CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's water polo team recorded the highest cumulative grade point average of any team in the NCAA during the 2013 season, as announced by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) on Tuesday morning. In addition to the team recognition, 11 Engineers received All-Academic awards.
Tech's collective GPA of 3.503 ranked the Cardinal and Gray at the top of the 16-team list, ahead of Brown University with a 3.490, Johns Hopkins University with a 3.460 and Harvard University with its GPA of 3.411. This is the third time MIT has posted the highest mark in the country, the last of which occurred after the closing of the 2011 season, when the Engineers record a 3.55 grade point average.
Of the 11 student-athletes who were tabbed to the All-Academic team, five received an outstanding distinction, which is the highest level of achievement that is given to honorees with a GPA of 3.71 or higher. Those who fit that criterion were seniors Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) and Michael Farid (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), junior Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.), and sophomores Braden Knight (Fremont, Calif.) and Matthew Orton (Los Altos Hills, Calif.).
Receiving superior accolades for a GPA between 3.41 and 3.70 were juniors Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Kyle Bowman (Millbrae, Calif.), and sophomore Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.), while senior Andrew Dorne (Irvine, Calif.), junior Brendon Chiu (Monterey Park, Calif.) and sophomore Joe Kusters (Coronado, Calif.) received excellent honors for having a GPA between 3.20 and 3.40.
Early last month, the ACWPC named three members of the MIT water polo team to its All-America teams. Cheney was tabbed to the second team, while Rogers and fellow sophomore Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) were Honorable Mentions.