Women's Water Polo Posts Second Highest GPA in the Nation

Women's Water Polo Posts Second Highest GPA in the Nation

Harvard combined for a 3.507 GPA in 2012 while 11 individuals were honored for their academic achievements.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's water polo team posted the second highest grade-point average in the nation in 2012 while 11 members of the squad garnered All-Academic honors from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. Athletes become eligible for the award by having a GPA of 3.2 or higher and competing in at least 50% of the team's games.

A total of 28 schools were recognized for having a combined GPA of 3.0 or better. Harvard's 3.507 GPA ranked second in the nation, just behind Wagner's 3.515. Connecticut College (3.450), California Institute of Technology (3.430) and Chapman University (3.410) rounded out the top five.

Jasmine Griffin and Riley Kessler earned the ACWPC's highest award, an "Outstanding" recognition. Griffin and Kessler, who was an "Outstanding" honoree last season, both had GPAs higher than 3.71 to be acknowledged.

Five Crimson were named "Superior" recipients with GPAs ranging from 3.41 to 3.7. Victoria Frager, Kalina Grabb, Elise Molnar, Aisha Price and Shayna Price each earned the distinction. It is Molnar, A. Price and S. Price's second appearance on the ACWPC All-Academic list in the past two seasons.

To round out the list, Lizzie Abbott, Devan Kennifer, Shannon Purcell and Monica Zdrojewski were presented with "Excellent" honors. The four student-athletes had GPAs between 3.2 and 3.4. All five are repeat All-Academic award winners for the Crimson.

The Crimson finished 2012 with a second consecutive winning season (17-12) for the first time since 2004-05. The squad finished in seventh place at the CWPA Eastern Championship with an 11-3 win over Bucknell in the season finale.