Molnar lines up a pass during the 2012 season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Elise Molnar of the Harvard women's water polo team was named the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Women's Division I/II Varsity Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced today. The honor is the highest distinction the CWPA hands out to a current player.
Molnar took home the award based on her CWPA academic honors, scholastic achievement, community service and All-Conference selections during her four years in Cambridge.
The neurobiology concentrator had an impressive career with the Crimson both in and out of the pool. She is a four-time CWPA Scholar –Athlete and Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-Academic selection and registered second team All-Southern Division accolades as a junior and second team All-Northern Division honors as a freshman.
A co-captain for Harvard in 2013, Molnar led the Crimson to its third straight season over .500 with an 18-16 record and helped the team earn sixth place at the CWPA Eastern Championship. She totaled 32 goals, 27 assists and 35 steals during the year and tied a career high with three assists in a win over Villanova Feb. 24. For her efforts, the Newport Beach, Calif., native was given the Peter Hursh '74 Memorial Award, which is presented to the Harvard water polo senior who embodies the spirit and tenacity of the award's namesake.
Molnar's selection marks the fifth time the award has been presented by the league and the first time a Harvard student-athlete has garnered the distinction. She joins Bucknell's Aubrey Rowe (2009), Washington & Jefferson's Jessica Barby (2010), Michigan's Alison Mantel (2011) and George Washington's Megan Walker on the list of CWPA Scholar-Athletes of the Year.