11 Crimson student-athletes recieved academic honors (photo courtesy: Justine Agaloos).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's water polo team posted the fourth-best grade point average in the nation in 2013, while 11 members of the squad garnered All-Academic honors from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
Athletes become eligible for the award by having a GPA of 3.2 or higher and competing in at least 50-percent of the team's games.
A total of 29 schools were recognized for having a combined GPA of 3.0 or better, and Harvard's 3.411 GPA ranked fourth in the nation. Cambridge neighbor, MIT, had the country's best GPA at 3.530.
The Crimson had three "Outstanding" selections, four "Superior" recipients and four "Excellent" selections among the individuals honored.
Senior co-captain Jimmy Field, rising juniors Robbie Fluegge and Austen Novis were named "Outstanding" scholar-athletes for having grade point averages above 3.71. Field has received the highest academic honor from the CWPA three times, while Fluegge and Novis are two-time honorees.
Harvard finished with an impressive 18-14 record as the Crimson captured its first conference title with an 11-1 mark and placed second at the CWPA Northern Division Championships and fifth at the CWPA Championships.