BERKELEY - The 2013 Cal Men’s Water Polo Team (18-8) had four players earn All-America honors, including second-team pick Aleksa Saponjic, it was announced today (Feb. 13) by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. Senior team MVP Hunter Gettelfinger and senior captain Collin Smith were tabbed third-team All-Americans, while sophomore Colin Mulcahy was an honorable mention All-American.
Saponjic, a junior attacker from Belgrade who won a bronze medal competing for Serbia at the 2012 London Olympics, led the Bears in scoring this past season with 44 goals in 25 matches, including pacing Cal with three goals versus UC Irvine and four goals versus Long Beach State in the 2013 MPSF tournament. He concluded the year with 33 assists, 28 steals, 25 ejections earned and five field blocks. As a freshman in 2011, Saponjic earned honorable mention All-America honors and was a second-team All-American in 2012. He is also a 2011 and 2012 ACWPC All-Academic selection and is in Cal’s Haas School of Business.
Gettelfinger, from San Diego, finished the 2013 campaign with a team-high 35 assists and 29 ejections earned, while also scoring 27 goals in 25 matches with 27 steals and 11 field blocks. He scored five goals during the MPSF Tournament and was among the team leaders with five ejections earned, four assists, four steals and four field blocks. Gettelfinger ended his Cal career with 64 goals and was a 2012 honorable mention All-American, as well as three-time ACWPC and MPSF All-Academic.
Team captain Smith, from Carlsbad, Calif., was second on the team with 42 goals in 26 matches with 33 steals, 31 assists, 14 ejections earned and 11 field blocks. He had eight goals during the MPSF Tournament, including a team-high four goals in a first-round match versus USC. Smith also added four assists and four ejections earned during the league tournament. He was a first-team All-American in 2012 after earning honorable mention All-America accolades in 2011. Smith concludes his Cal career with 140 goals.
From Los Altos, Mulcahy was third on the Bears’ squad with 41 goals in 26 matches and had a team-high 29 ejections earned and 13 field blocks. He tied Saponjic with a team-best four goals in Cal’s 17-8 victory over Long Beach State in the MPSF Tournament and finished the league championship with six goals, five ejections earned, four assists and four steals. As a redshirt freshman, Mulcahy was an honorable mention All-American. Both his father, Tim (water polo) and grandfather, Tom (crew), were student-athletes for the Bears.
Earlier, Cal had the same four players were acknowledge by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Gettelfinger and Smith were tabbed second-team honorees, while Saponjic and Mulcahy were honorable mention selections.
The Bears have now 215 All-America honorees in school history to go along with their NCAA record 13 NCAA titles.