Seven Aggies earn ACWPC All-Academic honors

From left to right, 2017 ACWPC All-Academic honorees Jonah Addington, Nick Coufal, Spencer Galli, Colter Knight, Max Somple, Jack Stafford and Riley Venne.
From left to right, 2017 ACWPC All-Academic honorees Jonah Addington, Nick Coufal, Spencer Galli, Colter Knight, Max Somple, Jack Stafford and Riley Venne.
Feb. 5, 2018

DAVIS, Calif. - A total of seven UC Davis student-athletes, plus the Aggie men’s water polo team as a whole, captured Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches 2017 Men’s All-Academic honors, the organization announced Monday.

To earn such recognition, a player must hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or higher. Honorees are awarded among three classifications: Outstanding (3.71-4.0), Superior (3.41-3.70) and Excellent (3.20-3.40). Unlike conference All-Academic programs, there is no minimum of games played nor a restriction that prohibits freshmen from earning such honors. 

Four Aggies appeared under the Superior category: junior Nick Coufal (managerial economics), senior Spencer Galli (human development), junior Colter Knight (viticulture & enology) and redshirt freshman Jack Stafford (economics). Another three made the rolls in the Excellent classification: freshman Jonah Addington (biological sciences), sophomore Max Somple (psychology) and junior Riley Venne (communication). 

UC Davis was one of 21 teams to compile a team GPA of 3.0 or better. Salem International (3.78), MIT (3.62) and Caltech (3.51) amassed the country’s highest averages. 

The Aggies went 22-7 in 2017, winning the Western Water Polo Association team title and a berth in the NCAA postseason for the second consecutive year. UC Davis also finished a program-best eighth in the final national coaches’ poll.

UC Davis honorees only.

SUPERIOR (3.41-3.70 GPA)
Nick Coufal (Jr., Managerial Economics)
Spencer Galli (Sr., Human Development)
Colter Knight (Jr., Viticulture & Enology)
Jack Stafford (RFr., Economics)

EXCELLENT (3.20-3.40 GPA)
Jonah Addington (Fr., Biological Sciences)
Max Somple (So., Psychology)
Riley Venne (Jr., Communication)

UC Davis

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