Bridgeport, Pa. (February 7) – Twelve student-athletes from the MIT water polo team have been honored by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) for their academic excellence this year as all of them earned a spot on the 2017 ACWPC All-Academic Team when the association announced its selections this week.
In addition, MIT registered the second-highest cumulative team grade point average with a mark of 3.64, which was only behind Salem International University for the best mark in the nation. Behind Salem International and MIT was Cal Tech, St. Francis and Brown which were all in the top-five.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher (on a 4.0 point scale) or 4.0 or higher (on a 5.0 scale). Divided into three teams based on cumulative GPA, the Engineers had five student-athletes earn Outstanding honors (3.71 – 4.00), five student-athletes earn Superior honors (3.41 – 3.70) and two student-athletes earn Excellent honors (3.20 – 3.40). MIT had 12 of 66 of the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) honorees this year and only ranked behind Brown University (16), which had the most student-athletes represented.
Junior Lucas Novak (Palo Alto, Calif.) as well as sophomores Justin Xiang (Hong Kong), Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii), Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) and Federico Bescotti (Harare, Zimbabwe) earned Outstanding honors, while seniors Kyle Archer (Clovis, Calif.) and Daniel Yahalomi (New York, N.Y.), juniors Peter Calvaresi (Malvern, Pa.) and Luka Knezevic (Zagreb, Croatia) and sophomore Pat Stefanou (Old Greenwich, Conn.) earned Superior accolades. Sophomore Ben Teitscheid (Newport Beach, Calif.) and classmate Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) rounded out the list of honorees for MIT with spots on Excellent team.