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UC San Diego had 12 scholar-athletes earn WWPA All-Academic accolades.

Tritons Have 12 Scholar-Athletes Earn WWPA All-Academic Honors

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OAKLAND — The University of California San Diego men’s water polo team had 12 scholar-athletes earn 2018 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) All-Academic accolades, the conference announced on Thursday.

The Tritons’ all-academic honorees include sophomore Brett Candioty, junior Noah Carniglia, sophomore Sam Gallo, sophomore Michael Gelnak, redshirt sophomore Calder Hilde-Jones, senior Carson Ivancovich, redshirt sophomore Jack Ranj, sophomore Brad Robison, sophomore Boris Rubel, senior Collin Sullivan, redshirt junior Jack Turner and senior Alessandro Valania.

A total of 68 student-athletes from the WWPA’s eight member institutions were recognized.

To be eligible for WWPA All-Academic honors, a player must have competed in at least 50 percent of his team’s games during the season, carry a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or better, be classified as a full-time student for all terms of attendance and have completed a minimum of one semester or two quarters at his institution.

The Tritons had seven scholar-athletes receive Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic for 2018, including Carniglia, Gallo, Gelnak, Hilde-Jones, Ivancovich, Robison and Turner.

UC San Diego (20-6) had its second-best winning percentage in program history in 2018 (.769), finished No. 5 in the nation in the final CWPA Top 20 poll and won the WWPA Championship for the 19th time in school history.

2018 WWPA All-Academic

UC San Diego
Brett Candioty, So., Physiology and Neuroscience
Noah Carniglia, Jr., Cognitive Science
Sam Gallo, So., Undeclared
Michael Gelnak, So., Aerospace Engineering
Calder Hilde-Jones, R.So., Marine Biology
Carson Ivancovich, Sr., Public Health
Jack Ranj, R.So., Undeclared
Brad Robison, So., Mechanical Engineering
Boris Rubel, So., Political Science
Collin Sullivan, Sr., Management Science
Jack Turner, R.Jr., Aerospace Engineering
Alessandro Valania, Sr., Psychology - Human Health

Air Force
John Alexander, Fr., Systems Engineering
Jason Hires, So., Management
Gavin Jones, Fr., Undeclared
Michael Miller, Jr., Management
Owen Sedej, Jr., Civil Engineering
Ian Shepherd, So., Biology
Anthony Tolbert, Fr., Engineering

California Baptist
Hunter Barnett, Fr., Business Entrepreneurship
Christian Britton, R.So., Business
Riley Bumgardner, Fr., Business Administration
Matt Diacono, Jr., Pre-Engineering
Joseph Galgani, So., Business Administration
Patrick McDonough, So., Communication
Dominick Nevarez, R. Jr., Kinesiology
Kyle Rasmussen, Jr., Health Science
Ryan Sargis, Sr., Kinesiology
Tanner Shore, Sr., International Business
Gabriel Thorne, So., Business

Austin Barton, Jr., Exercise and Sport Science
Gibson Gerace, Jr., Business Administration
Marius Jakimcikas, So., Mathematics
Daniel Maleski, So., Business Administration
Nicholas Walker, Jr., Exercise and Sport Science

Loyola Marymount
Matthew Braun, R.Jr., Finance
Austin Clark, Jr., AIMS
Alex Davis, Fr., Liberal Studies
Dayne Jagga, R.Jr., Finance/Accounting
Blazo Mitrovic, Fr., Economics
Daniel Roth, So., Economics
Rylan Russell, So., Finance

Fresno Pacific
Taylor Heckathorn, R-Sr., Kinesiology
Gavin Jette, Jr., Finance
Uros Pelemis, So., Management
Lazar Raca, Sr., Finance
Richard Szepesi, Sr.
Garth Verdegaal, Jr., Pre-Physical Therapy
Cody Wickman, Jr., Software Engineering

Santa Clara
Arvin Bahia, So., Accounting and Information Systems
Mac Carey, Jr., Political Science
Shane Hughes, Jr., Political Science
Jack Larkin, Jr., Communication
Reilley May, Sr., Finance
Luca Pagano, Jr., Psychology
Sam Toriggino, Sr., Finance
Ryan Werner, Jr., Finance
Scott Zurnacian, Sr., Economics

UC Davis
Marcus Anderson, Sr., Managerial Economics
Patrick Burke, R.Fr., Managerial Economics
Nick Coufal, Sr., Managerial Economics
Ido Goldschmidt, Sr., Cognitive Science
Nir Gross, Fr., Undeclared - Physical Sciences
Colter Knight, Sr., Viticulture & Enology
Jack Stafford, So., Managerial Economics
Max Somple, Jr., Psychology
Holden Tamblyn, Jr., Managerial Economics
Riley Venne, Sr., Communication

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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