BERKELEY – For the Cal men’s water polo program excellence in the pool and in the classroom go hand in hand as nine Golden Bears were named to the 2013 ACWPC All-Academic team, it was announced today (March 6) by the national collegiate water polo coaches association. Seniors Giacomo Cupido, Michael Boggan and Hunter Gettelfinger; juniors Aleksa Saponjic, Jon Sibley, Luka Ivanovic, Matt Russell and Blake Kelly; and sophomore Thomas Agramonte; were all noted for their academic achievements.
The same nine players were also honored by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation back on Jan. 17 for their academic achievements. Agramonte, Saponjic and Gettelfinger were designated in the ACWPC’s Superior class with GPAs between 3.41-3.70. The other six Bears were in the Excellent class with GPAs between 3.20-3.40
"Having over half of our MPSF Tournament roster earn spots on the Academic All-America squad is a great accomplishment for our program,” said Cal coach Kirk Everist. “We make it a priority to enforce the fact that our student-athletes do not need to sacrifice academics for athletics. These nine young men are competing at the highest levels in the pool and in the classroom and we are very proud of them."
Everist’s squad finished the 2013 campaign 18-8 and captured its final two matches of the 2013 MPSF Tournament. Gettelfinger was named the team MVP and earlier (Dec. 3), Kirk Everist’s squad had four players – Gettelfinger, senior Collin Smith, Saponjic and sophomore Colin Mulcahy – named to the 2013 MPSF All-Conference team. Gettelfinger and Smith were tabbed second-team honorees, while Saponjic and sophomore Mulcahy were honorable mention selections.
Additionally, Saponjic, who is in the Haas School of Business and helped his native Serbia to Bronze medal at the London Olympics, was tabbed a second-team All-American by the ACWPC. Gettelfinger and Smith were named third team All-Americans and Mulcahy was an honorable mention All-American by the collegiate water polo coaches.