Seven Men's Water Polo Players Named to CWPA Scholar-Athlete Team

March 22, 2010

BRIDGEPORT, PA - The George Washington men's water polo team placed seven players on the 2009 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Scholar-Athlete Team, the league announced March 19, with senior John-Claude Wright earning recognition for the third time in his career.

The CWPA Scholar-Athlete Team honors varsity and club student-athletes who possess a 3.2 cumulative grade-point-average or higher and competed during the 2009 men's season.

Freshman Cameron Illes, a goalkeeper who totaled 252 saves and 25 steals in his first season, received the highest honor of the seven GW players by earning outstanding status with a grade-point average between 3.71 and 4.0.

Sophomore Alex Sotolongo and freshmen Mike Mazzara, German Olano and John Paul Bezerra received superior status with GPAs between 3.41 and 3.7, while Wright and rookie Nolan Lozinski were placed in the excellent category with GPAs between 3.2 and 3.4. Sotolongo earned outstanding recognition as a freshman in 2008.

Wright, who previously received Scholar-Athlete Team recognition with superior status in 2006 and excellent status in 2007, earned CWPA All-South Second Team honors in November after leading GW with 71 goals and 109 points during the 2009 season. His 109 points were the fifth-most in a single-season in program history and he finished his four-year career fifth all-time at GW with 203 goals. He also ranks second all-time with 31 field blocks and seventh all-time in both assists (93) and steals (154).

GW won its last two games to place fifth at the CWPA Southern Division Championship and finish 9-22 overall in 2009.



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