May 26, 2011

MIT's Columbus Leonard Picks Up First Team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Honors

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology water polo goalie Columbus Leonard (Jr., Mill Valley, Calif./St. Ignatius) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Capital One Academic All-District At-Large First Team for District I. He 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.

A 2010 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-America Honorable Mention pick, Leonard rewrote the MIT record-book during his junior campaign, shattering the Institute record for career saves, as he now has a remarkable 622 stops in just three seasons. He earned his second straight Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) All-Northern Division nod as a junior and has helped lead the Cardinal and Gray to 32 wins in his career. He had a remarkable effort during the 2010 season against Queens College, stopping a program-record 21 shots in a 15-14 win.

He is one of five CWPA student-athletes (men and women) to garner All-District honors joining fellow First Team selections Ali Arat of Fordham University, 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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