TEMPE – Eight members of the Arizona State University water polo team were honored on the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic team, the MPSF has announced.
ASU’s eight selections were tied with UCLA for the second most in the conference, trailing only Stanford’s 11 selections.
The team was paced by goalkeeper Ianeta Hutchinson, who finished her career with a 4.00 GPA in psychology and was recently named the NCAA Elite 89 Award winner for women’s water polo. The award is given annual to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at an NCAA Championship event and was the second award for a women’s sport in Sun Devil history.
Hutchinson was joined on the team by fellow goalkeeper E.B. Keeve, an All-MPSF selection who was recently named to the U.S. Senior National Team for the summer.
All-American and All-MPSF selection Ao Gao also made an appearance on the team and it was the second career selections for both Gao and Keeve, as well as the second career selections by juniors Liz Kreek and Anna Kertes.
The group was joined by three sophomores making their debut on the All-Academic team in their first season of eligibility in Abbey Kerth, Katie Sverchek and Daisy Carter.
The Sun Devils are coming off a fifth-place finish in the team’s NCAA Tournament debut early last month and will return all but one member of this year’s roster to the squad next season.
The criteria for selection is as follows:
1. 3.00 or better cumulative grade point average.
2. Student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically.
3. Student-athlete must have completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the season for which the award is being received
4. Student-athlete must have competed in fifty percent of the institutions competition in his or her respective sport.