Minnis, Owens Receive Individual Honors, Four Named to NWPC First Team

Dennis Blyashov, Noah Hodge, Charlie Owens and Austin Sechrest have been named to the 2019 All-NWPC First Team

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. – The Friends of Harvard Water Polo and James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence Ted Minnis and four members of the Harvard men's water polo team earned end-of the-year honors from the Northeast Water Polo Conference, the league announced today, Nov. 22. Minnis has been named Coach of the Year by the league, while senior captain Charlie Owens has received the Most Valuable Player award.

Guiding the Crimson to an undefeated 27-0 (10-0 NWPC) record and its sixth consecutive 20-win season, Minnis has earned his third coach-of-the-year title in men's competition, previously winning the award while Harvard competed in the CWPA Northern Division in 2013 and 2015. On the women's side, Minnis was named the CWPA Women's Division I Coach of the Year in 2015.

Leading the Crimson in goals this season with 60, the Wilton, Connecticut native picks up his first MVP award. This marks the second year in a row that a member of the Crimson has been named NWPC Most Valuable Player after Austin Sechrest accomplished the feat.

Owens has also been named to the 2019 All-Northeast Water Polo Conference First Team along with Sechrest, junior Dennis Blyashov and sophomore goalie Noah Hodge.

This marks the first time that four members of the Crimson have been named first-team honorees. In 2018, Blyashov, Hodge and Sechrest were all named to the first-team as well while Blyashov earned rookie-of-the-year honors in 2017.

Harvard will begin post-season play this Saturday, Nov. 23, in the semifinals of the NWPC Championship against the winner of the MIT/St. Francis (N.Y.) matchup. The match will take place at MIT at 3 p.m.