Men's Water Polo Top 5 in Team GPA for Second Straight Year
Six Players Named to ACWPC All-Academic Team
March 22, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's water polo team placed six players on the 2010 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic Team and posted the fifth-highest team grade-point average in the nation, the organization announced Monday.
GW posted a combined team GPA of 3.20, trailing only Brown (3.51), California Institute of Technology (3.5), Harvard (3.388) and Stanford (3.361) among varsity programs reporting for the ACWPC Academic Awards. It marks the second straight year the Colonials have posted a combined team GPA in the Top 5 in the nation after ranking third in 2009.
The ACWPC All-Academic Team honors varsity student-athletes who possess a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher and competed in at least half the team's games during the 2010 men's season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Illes, who recorded the third-highest single-season saves total in GW history with 267 in 2010, earned outstanding status with a grade-point average between 3.71 and 4.0 for the second consecutive season. He was joined in the outstanding category by teammates Adam Streeter and Mike Mazzara.
Sophomores John Paul Bezerra and Guy Helman and freshman Paul Deasey received excellent status with GPAs between 3.2 and 3.4. Bezerra also earned superior status as a freshman in 2009. Deasey led the Colonials with 36 assists and added 29 goals as a rookie in 2010, while Bezerra (17g/24a) and Helman (12g/27a) finished their second seasons with 41 and 39 points, respectively.
All six players were previously honored on the 2010 CWPA Scholar-Athlete Team on March 15.
GW finished with a 9-20 overall record and placed sixth at the Southern Division Championship in 2010. The Colonials have nine letterwinners slated to return for 2011.