16 Maryland Water Polo Players Named to 2009 ACC Academic Honor Roll
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The 53rd annual Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Honor Roll, noting academic excellence by student-athletes for 2008-09, was announced by Commissioner John D. Swofford and includes 16 water polo student-athletes from the University of Maryland. The Terrapins accounted for 271 selections overall, as water polo made up nearly six percent of the total Maryland athletes honored by the ACC from Maryland's 28 varsity sports.
The Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes that participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the full academic year. This year saw a record 2,772 student-athletes honored for their hard work in the classroom from Maryland, Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), University of Miami, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) and Wake Forest University.
Among the recognized Terrapin water polo players, Ashleigh Jobson (Annapolis, Md./Severn School), Christen Vagts (Sr/. Crofton, Md./South River) and Laurel Laidlaw (Sr., Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) led the way picking up her fourth consecutive honors, while Shannon Simerly (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep), Blaise Stanicic (Annapolis, Md./The Key School) and Jill Lau (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) garnered their third awards.
Elizabeth Eicks (Houston, Texas/Humble) and Meghan Powers (So., Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) received their second honors, while Christine Goetsch (Fr., Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcus), Elina Goldenberg (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), Alexandra Gurnee (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei), Carly Hoshko (Cordonado, Calif./Coronado), Rachel Jordan (Fallbrook, Calif./Fallbrook), Shelby Reyes (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep), Samantha Seikkula (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) and Colleen Shaw (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) tallied their inaugural awards.
Duke led the conference in total selections with 418. Boston College followed with 392. North Carolina was third with 276 honorees, while Maryland was fourth with 271. Virginia saw 224 student-athletes earn spots on the list, followed by Clemson (209), Virginia Tech (190), NC State (178), Georgia Tech (175), Florida State (165), Wake Forest (146) and Miami (128).