Petkovic Caps Career as Four-Time All-American

Dec. 19, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- For the fourth time in his career, George Washington’s Bogdan Petkovic has been selected as a men’s water polo Honorable Mention All-American by Division I head coaches, while teammate Atakan Destici joined him in earning the honor.

A redshirt senior, Petkovic is the only player in program history to be named an All-American in multiple years. Destici, meanwhile, completed a stellar freshman season in 2016 when he led the Colonials with 82 goals.

“For Bogdan to be a four-time All-American on the east coast is an amazing accomplishment and a testament to how he has been able to impact the team and the conference every year,” said head coach Adam Foley. “I applaud Bogdan for his achievements, and thank him for how he has helped shape the future of the program.”

Petkovic, who was second on the team with 102 points and 57 goals while matching Destici with a team-best 45 assists, leaves GW with his named etched throughout the record book. The central defender is the school’s all-time leader in steals (309) and field blocks (85), ranks third in points (365) and assists (147), and is sixth in goals (217).

In his debut campaign, Destici recorded the fourth-most points in a single season in GW history, tallying 127 on 82 goals and 45 assists. The Istanbul, Turkey, native also led the Colonials with 87 steals which are the fourth-most in program history.

“Atakan is a very talented player with incredible ability,” said Foley. “I look forward to seeing what he can do with a very young core that will return next season.”

GW, which reached the title game of the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship and finished 15-11, is set to return six of seven starters next season.

 

 

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