July 11, 2012
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) this week announced the 2012 All-Academic awards, and for the second consecutive season, four Rams were recognized for their academic achievement. Equally impressive is the fact that CSU was one of 13 Division-I programs with a team grade-point average of 3.0.
"This is another example of CSU's water polo program doing the right things, not only in the water but in the classroom, too," said coach Mike Moody. "Our girls take academics seriously and they take pride in their studies."
The ACWPC honored students who had a minimum 3.2 GPA. Individual honors were split among three categories: Outstanding (3.71-4.0), Superior (3.41-3.70) and Excellent (3.20-3.40). In all, 138 Division-I student athletes were recognized. Below is a list of awards that the water polo team received:
- Kallie Berry (senior, apparel & merchandising, 3.62 GPA)
- Michelle Slagle (sophomore, economics, 3.26 GPA)
- Stephanie Weed (sophomore, biomedical sciences, 3.50 GPA)
- Caroline Young (junior, animal science, 3.21 GPA)
"My hat goes off to the individuals who were honored," Moody said. "It's awesome for our program, and I'm really, really excited."
CSU's team GPA of 3.072 ranked 12th among Division-I teams nationally, and marks the second consecutive season they have been recognized by the ACWPC.
Despite a record of 8-22 on the year, CSU improved as the season progressed, finishing sixth in the WWPA Championships after entering the tournament as the No. 8 seed. Additionally, the team earned a ranking in the Varsity National Top 20 Poll for the first time in program history in 2011. The Rams have plenty of experience coming back for the 2013 season, including a strong senior class which includes starters Melissa Fisher, Shelby Schaefer and Young, an all-conference selection. Additionally, several underclassmen will return to the pool, including Kelcy Barott, who was named to the 2011 WWPA all-freshman team.
As the Rams prepare for the 2013 season they will once again to try and continue moving in the right direction both academically and in the water.
"Our goal last year was to improve our GPA from the year prior, and we did," Moody said. "We have a goal of continuing to excel in academics, as well as in athletics."
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