Dukes Named 2015 CWPA Women’s Varsity Division I/II Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Dukes Named 2015 CWPA Women’s Varsity Division I/II Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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.