Five Men's Water Polo Players Named to ACWPC All-Academic Team

April 21, 2010

WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team placed five players on the 2009 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic Team and posted the third-best team grade-point average in the nation.

GW boasted a team GPA of 3.35, trailing only Brown and Harvard among the program's reporting for the ACWPC Academic Awards. Senior John-Claude Wright earned recognition on the ACWPC All-Academic Team for the third time in his career.

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 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 five GW players by earning outstanding status with a grade-point average between 3.71 and 4.0.

Sophomore Alex Sotolongo and freshman 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.

All five players were previously honored on the 2009 CWPA Scholar-Athlete Team back on March 22.

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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