INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Alex Stankevitch and Mark Koganov, who officiate varsity league games in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA), were selected to the crew for the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women's Water Polo Championship this weekend at the University of Michigan.
The first duo of East Coast officials to call an NCAA title game when the pair whistled the 2009 Men's NCAA Championship tilt between the University of Southern California and the University of California-Los Angeles at Princeton University, Stankevitch and Koganov are becoming regular selections to the NCAA officiating crew.
A 1998 graduate of the University of California-Santa Barbara, Stankevitch has been among the league's best referees this decade as he picked up his third Referee of the Year award at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season following similar honors in 2003 and 2008.
Overall, Stankevicth and Koganov are the league's most decorated officials. Besides his trio of Referee of the Year awards, Stankevitch also received the 2001 Most Improved Referee Award. Further, Koganov and Stankevitch are the only officials in league history to receive both the Most Improved and Referee of the Year awards.
Koganov, who has called the FINA World Championship title game in addition to collegiate games in the CWPA and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), also holds four CWPA Referee accolades as he received the 2000 and 2002 Most Improved Referee awards in addition to the 2004 and 2007 Referee of the Year awards.