Record Number 14 Spartans Named To National All-Academic Team

June 16, 2017

Bridgeport, Pa.----- A record number 14 San Jose State University women's water polo players were named to the 2017 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic team.

For the first time, more than half of a Spartan women's water polo team was named to the ACWPC's annual national all-academic team in a year.

The 14 Spartans exceed the total number of San Jose State award winners (13) from the 2015 and 2016 teams combined.

"This is unbelievable and very impressive. The women get all the credit," said San Jose State head coach Gabor Sarusi. "We can put out the message that academics is our #1-priority here at San Jose State."

As a team, San Jose State was honored by the ACWPC for the second year in a row with a team honor for its team cumulative grade point average above a 3.00.

To qualify for the 2017 ACWPC All-Academic team, a player needed a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or higher on a 4.00 scale.

Senior co-captain Cara Robinson earned her third national academic honor from the ACWPC. Senior Donia Momen and juniors Tayler Peters, Katelynn Thompson and McKenna Yates were honored for the second time.



Senior Sara Northam; juniors Molly Kaster, Jennifer Liu, Klaudia Paradi and Giuliana Tragitt; sophomores Sierra Painter, Shannon Spence and Michelle Taikeff; and freshman Jacqui Maisey were first-time award winners.

The ACWPC awards cap an outstanding year of women's water polo academic achievements. During the season, the Spartans were recognized with a NCAA Public Recognition Award for their maximum Academic Progress Rate (APR) multi-year score of 1,000. Also, nine San Jose State players were named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic team.

2017 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic Team

San Jose State University selections only

Name Position Class Hometown
Molly Kaster Driver Junior San Diego, Calif.
Jennifer Liu Driver Junior San Jose, Calif.
Jacqui Maisey 2-Meter Freshman N. Vancouver, B.C.
Donia Momen Driver Senior N. Vancouver, B.C.
Sara Northam Goalkeeper Senior Granite Bay, Calif.
Sierra Painter Driver Sophomore San Jose, Calif.
Klaudia Paradi Driver Junior Eger, Hungary
Tayler Peters Goalkeeper Junior Union CIty, Calif.
Cara Robinson Driver Senior Calgary, Alberta
Shannon Spence Goalkeeper Sophomore Coronado, Calif.
Michelle Taikeff Driver Sophomore San Jose, Calif.
Katelynn Thompson Goalkeeper Junior Penryn, Calif.
Giuliana Tragitt Utility Junior Clovis, Calif.
McKenna Yates Driver Junior San José, Calif.