Women’s Water Polo Posts Fifth-Best GPA in Nation, Receives ACWPC Honors

Women’s Water Polo Posts Fifth-Best GPA in Nation, Receives ACWPC Honors

2014 ACWPC Women's All Academic Awards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the second year in a row, the Brown women's water polo team posted the fifth-best team grade point average in the nation, turning in a 3.41 to receive honors from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). In addition, 15 players were named ACWPC All-Academic for maintaining a GPA of 3.20 or higher.

"It's great to see our women's team finish top five in the country," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "It shows that both water polo programs at Brown take academics very seriously. This is definitely the highest team GPA since I've been here and we continue to focus on improving our academic performance."

Brown's 2014 team GPA is the highest for the Bears since the award's inception, and the fifth-place finish is the second highest in program history, dating back to Brown's third-place ranking in 2009 with a 3.35 GPA. Only Wagner, Chapman, Indiana and Macalester turned in a higher team GPA during the 2013-14 school year.

All-Academic honors were sorted into Outstanding (4.00 – 3.71), Superior (3.70 – 3.41) and Excellent (3.40 – 3.20). Brown saw five athletes land in each category for 15 total honorees, outpacing last year's tally of 13.

Receiving outstanding accolades were sophomore Elizabeth Bolton (Coral Gable, Fla.), senior Malaika Drebin (Palo Alto, Calif.), freshman Hannah Koper (Santa Barbara, Calif.), sophomore Victoria Pierotti (Newport Beach, Calif.) and senior Sarah Presant (Poway, Calif.). Superior honors were presented to junior Chloe Kempf (Laguna Hills, Calif.), freshman Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.), sophomore Olivia Santiago (Los Altos, Calif.), senior Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and senior Kate Woods (La Jolla, Calif.). Finally, Excellent status went to junior Emily Klein (Pleasanton, Calif.), sophomore Mai Ly (Los Angeles, Calif.), junior Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, Calif.), senior Sarah Shin (Fullerton, Calif.) and senior Brittany Westerman (Palo Alto, Calif.).

The academic nods accompany ACWPC All-American honors for Woods, who took home the third All-American award of her career when the awards were announced in July.