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CSU water polo honored as one of top academic programs in nation

Senior Aspen Rapp was the only Ram awarded with Outstanding academic honors

By Brian O’Neill
Athletic Media Relations

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. –The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches this week announced the 2011 all-academic awards and four Rams were recognized for their academic achievement this past season. In addition, the team as a whole, which posted a cumulative 3.006 GPA, earned recognition.

Coach Mike Moody along with the entire team have really been pursuing a higher team average since 2007, when the team had a 2.7 cumulative GPA.

“Four years ago we made it a goal to have our team average be at least a 3.0,” said Moody. “This is a big achievement for everyone, especially the individuals honored.”

The ACWPC honors students who had a minimum 3.2 GPA, along with every team had had an average of 3.0 or higher. Individual honors were split among three categories: Outstanding (3.71-4.0), Superior (3.41-3.70) and Excellent (3.20-3.40). Below is a list of awards that the water polo team received:

- Aspen Rapp (senior, business administration, 3.78)
- Kallie Berry (junior, apparel and merchandising, 3.67)
- Stephanie Weed (freshman, bio-medical science, 3.50)
- Maggie McShane (sophomore, human development and family studies, 3.24)

“My hat goes off to everyone who helped us reach this goal; they’re all very dedicated student-athletes” said Moody. “This is the definition of ‘student-athletes’.”

After receiving two votes in the national polls, their most ever, earlier in the 2011 season, the Rams are once again being nationally recognized. CSU was one of just 31 water polo teams to be recognized with at least a 3.0 GPA during the 2011 season.

“It’s another step in the right direction for us,” said Moody. “We want success both in the pool and the classroom.”

As the Rams prepare for the 2012 season they will once again to try and continue moving in the right direction both academically and in the water.



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