COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- 102 Collegiate Water Polo Association men's varsity student-athletes were named to the 241-member 2010 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic Team. To be eligible, athletes must achieve a 3.2 grade point average and are divided into three categories: Excellent (3.2-to-3.4), Superior (3.41-to-3.70) and Outstanding (3.71-to-4.0).
Overall, the CWPA once accounts for nearly half of all the athletes honored by the ACWPC this year at 42.32%, including 46.79% of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, II and/or III recipients.
241 NCAA and seven NAIA student-athletes were named to the team as 55 athletes earned Outstanding honors (52 NCAA, 3 NAIA), 116 garnered Superior honors (102 NCAA, 14 NAIA) and 70 received Excellent accolades (63 NCAA, 6 NAIA).
For the CWPA, the standings are top heavy as 31 athletes earned Outstanding honors, while 44 picked up Superior accolades and 27 garnered nods on the Excellent team. Overall, the league accounted for 56.36% of the Outstanding, 37.9% of the Superior and 38.57% of the Excellent selections.
Among teams recognized for achieving outstanding cumulative grade point averages, the Collegiate Water Polo Association dominated the standings with seven of the Top 10 academic performances in the nation occuring East of the Sierra Nevada.
Leading the way for the league and men's varsity collegiate water polo is Brown University which topped the nation with a 3.52 grade point average, 0.02 better than runner-up the California Institute of Technology. 2010 CWPA Eastern Champion Saint Francis College (N.Y.) and Harvard University come in at No. 3 (3.43) and 4 (3.88), respectively.
Stanford University (3.361) edges out the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3.360) for fifth place, while George Washington University (3.20) stands at No. 7. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (3.17) rounds out the three non-CWPA schools in the Top 10, with Johns Hopkins University (3.16) and Princeton University (3.156) completing the Top 10.
Bucknell University (12th, 3.11), Iona College (14th, 3.03), Fordham University (17th, 2.98), Washington & Jefferson College (21st, 2.90), Mercyhurst College (23rd, 2.87) and Pennsylvania State University-Behrend (24th, 2.76) round out the 13 CWPA institutions which ranked among the 25 programs which exceeded the 2.75 GPA requirement for All-Academic Team honors.
Overall, Collegiate Water Polo Association institutions accounted for 52% of the honored teams (13-of-25) along with 60% of the Top Five (three-of-five) and Top 15 (nine-of-15) teams competing in men's varsity intercollegiate water polo during the 2010 season.