May 23, 2011

Fordham University's Ali Arat Garners First Team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Honors

BRONX, N.Y. -- Fordham University water polo graduate student Ali Arat (Istanbul, Turkey/Sisli Terakki Secondary) was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic At-Large University Division All-District I First Team in voting among the district's Sports Information Directors.  He now advances to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot, where first, second and third team honorees will be announced on June 7.

The District I region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Athletes named to the first team qualify for the national ballot. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve. The At-Large team team consists of athletes from the following sports: swimming, water polo, wrestling, tennis, ice hockey, lacrosse, fencing, rifle, volleyball and golf.

The award is the latest for Arat, who received Fordham's Vincent T. Lombardi Award, presented to the Male Athlete of the Year for distinguished athletic achievements in the winning tradition of Vince Lombardi, on May 4th at the annual Block F Awards Dinner.

Arat, a two-year member of the water polo squad, was named Honorable Mention All-America selection by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) for the second straight season as well as a Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) First Team All-North selection and a Second Team All-East pick.

He was among not only the Rams' top scorers all season long, but challenged for the NCAA goal scoring title. In 32 games this season, he tallied a team-high 91 goals and 11 assists for a team-best 102 points, while adding 40 steals, good for second on the team, and 14 blocks. The 91 goals ranks as one of the top scoring seasons in Fordham school history, trailing only Ned Kelly's mark of 112 in 1971.

Nationally, Arat was second in the nation in goals and third in points. He also earned CWPA Northern Division Offensive Player of the Week once this season.

Academically, Arat earned All-Academic honors from the ACWPC and was named to the CWPA Scholar-Athlete Team.

He is one of five CWPA student-athletes (men and women) to garner All-District honors joining fellow First Team selections Columbus Leonard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jeremy Selbst of Johns Hopkins University and Colleen Harriger of Gannon University.  Mercyhurst College's Andy Sekulski earned Second Team honors as the Collegiate Water Polo Association earned the most All-District awards for a single-sport conference in the nation.


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