Providence, RI- The Brown University men's water polo team averaged a 3.400 GPA to rank the third highest in the country, and had 13 student-athletes earn ACWPC All-Academic Awards. Massachusetts Institute of Technology earned the top spot with a 3.500, while St. Francis earned the second-best GPA with a 3.440.
The ACWPC honors varsity and club student-athletes who have achieved grade point averages of 3.2 or higher and competed during the 2011 season. Brown's top academic performers, sophomore Grant Villeneuve and senior Toby Espinosa, earned Outstanding honors (4.00-3.71), while senior Marcus Gartner, freshman Henry Fox, junior Dean Serure, and senior Cyrus Mojdehi each earned Superior honors (3.70-3.41). Earning Excellent accolades (3.40-3.25) was sophomore Chris Culin, sophomore Eric Robb, sophomore James McNamara, junior Michael Hartwick, freshman Nick Deaver, junior Svetozar Stefanovic and sophomore Walker Shockley.
"The most impressive thing about our accomplishment is the fact that every member of the team had a 3.0 or higher," said Head Coach Felix Merado. "It's a testament to their hard work in the classroom and athletics."
As a team, Brown ranked ahead of both Ivy League water polo teams, Harvard (3.396) and Princeton (3.135).