Seven Spartans Named MPSF All-Academic

Woodland, Calif.-----Three San Jose State University seniors on the women's water polo team earned their third Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic Scholar-Athlete honor. Conference commissioner Al Beaird made the announcement.

            Kelly Stewart (Surrey, B.C.), Dani Curran (Chino, Calif.) and Ally Waasted (Orange, Calif.) are the three among the seven Spartans to earn the 2012 MPSF academic honor. Stewart majored in economics; Curran, international business; and Waasted, health science.

            Senior Natalie Jennings (Concord, Calif.) and juniors Anna Natalizio (Irvine, Calif.) and Kimber Methvin (Porterville, Calif.) now are two-time recipients of a MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete award. Sophomore Rachel Henry (Santa Cruz, Calif.) earned her first MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete honor in 2012.

            To be recognized, a water polo player must be enrolled at the conference institution for at least one full academic year; be a sophomore, junior or senior; possess at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average; and play in at least 50 percent of the team's contests.

            Of the eight conference members in women's water polo, only NCAA champion Stanford, with 10, and Cal, with eight, had more honorees than the Spartans.