BRONX, N.Y. -- Fordham University water polo graduate student Ali Arat (Istanbul, Turkey/Sisli Terakki Secondary) was named to the Capital One Academic All- America® University Division At-Large Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Committee.
The largest team in the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, the Men’s At-Large program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling.
A first team All-District II selection to advance to the national ballot, Arat becomes the first water polo player in Fordham history to garner the award. In addition, he is one of two Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) men's student-athletes to earn recognition this year as Johns Hopkins University goalie Jeremy Selbst garnered College Division first team honors.
The award wraps up a successful two-year career at Fordham 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 by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) for the second straight season as well as a 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 honors once this season.
Academically, Arat earned All-Academic honors from the ACWPC and was named to the Collegiate Water Polo Association Scholar-Athlete Team. He is completing a Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance at Rose Hill and has a 3.80 cumulative grade point average.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.