Airel Dukes earned the CWPA's top academic honor for the 2015 season (Zack Williamson).
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. – Ariel Dukes '15, was recently honored as the College Water Polo Association's 2015 Women's Varsity Division I/II Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the CWPA late last week.
The highest honor bestowed by the league to an active player, matched only by the induction of a former player to the CWPA Hall of Fame, the award recognizes an outstanding senior student-athlete who has achieved success in both the scholastic (3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average) and athletic arenas while possessing a spirit which provides service to the community.
A 2015 All-Conference Division I/II Honorable Mention selection following Southern Division Second Team notice in 2013, Dukes finished her career with 812 saves and 113 steals. As a senior, she compiled 147 saves, 12 steals and 12 assists in leading the Crimson to a 20-13 record and a sixth-place finish at the CWPA Championship. Over her four-year duration in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dukes helped the Crimson to a combined record of 70-61 with pairs of sixth (2015: 20-13; 2013: 18-16) and seventh (2014: 15-20; 2012: 17-12) Place finishes at the league championship tournament.
Away from the pool, she helped organize and volunteered at a water polo clinic in Boston and did the same with the "20/20" clinic in California.
A three-time CWPA Scholar-Athlete and Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-Academic selection with Superior (2014, 2015) and Excellent (2013) honors, she graduated from Harvard in May with a degree in Government.