CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Two members of the Harvard men's water polo team earned Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America recognition. Freshman Dennis Blyashov was named to the third team, while sophomore Austin Sechrest was named honorable mention.
Blyashov led the Crimson with 94 goals in his freshman season, helping Harvard secure a 24-8 overall record. The Carlsbad, California native netted the double overtime game-winning goal for Harvard in the Northeast Water Polo Conference championship game against Princeton in November. The win secured the Crimson a second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Blyashov also totaled 30 assists and 30 steals on the season. Blyashov was also recognized at the NWPC Rookie of the Year in November, as well as was named to the All-NWPC first team. He accumulated six weekly awards from the conference throughout the season, including five Rookie of the Week honors (Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 23).
Sechrest was second on the team in goals for the 2017 campaign with 65. The Mission Viejo, California native contributed on the scoresheet 19 assists, 36 steals and 16 field blocks on the season. Sechrest was named the NWPC Player of the Week on Sept. 18 after helping lead the Crimson to a weekend sweep of Salem International, George Washington and Gannon at the Bucknell Invite, where he totaled nine goals.
Harvard finished the 2017 season with a 24-8 overall record and went 8-3 in conference play. The Crimson earned its second-straight Northeast Water Polo Conference title after defeating Princeton in double overtime, securing a spot for the second year in a row in the NCAA Tournament. Harvard concluded its season with a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in Los Angeles.