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Men's Water Polo - Sun, Dec. 18, 2016

DAVIS, Calif. -- UC San Diego's Arman Momdzyhan and Denny Harper claimed Division II Player of the Year and Coach of the Year accolades, respectively, to lead a host of Western Water Polo Association-member honorees on the 2016 All-America squads, as announced by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Sunday.

 

This is the 14th Division II Coach of the Year nod for Harper, who guided the Tritons to a 15-8 overall record, a runner-up finish at the WWPA Championship, and a peak national ranking of No. 9.

 

Overall, 10 WWPA student-athletes appeared on either the Division I or Division II All-America rolls. UC Davis sophomore attacker and conference Player of the Year Ido Goldschmidt made the Division I third team while Loyola Marymount's Jon Beck and Santa Clara's Graham McClone each earned honorable mention.

 

At Division II, Momdzhyan joined Cal Baptist's Joseph Moorman and Brent Teraoka, teammate Nick Alexander and Fresno Pacific's David Maes on the first team. FPU's Dillon Robinson and Cal Baptist's Tanner Shore garnered honorable mention.

 

Goldschmidt is the first WWPA player to earn higher than Division I All-America status since Aaron Salit made the third team in 2011. Momdzhyan continues a tradition of Triton players winning Div. II Player of the Year acclaim. Chase Cockerill (2015), Josh Stiling (2014, 2012-tied) and David Morton (2010) each earned the honor for UCSD in recent years.

 

The WWPA completed its 36th season, with UC Davis claiming the conference title during the championship tournament at Santa Clara in November.

 

2016 ACWPC DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA
WWPA Players only

 

THIRD TEAM
Ido Goldschmidt, UC Davis

 

HONORABLE MENTION
Jon Beck, Loyola Marymount
Graham McClone, Santa Clara

 

2016 ACWPC DIVISION II ALL-AMERICA
WWPA Players only

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Arman Momdzyhan, UC San Diego

 

COACH OF THE YEAR
Denny Harper, UC San Diego

 

FIRST TEAM
Joseph Moorman, Cal Baptist
Brent Teraoka, Cal Baptist
Arman Momdzyhan, UC San Diego
Nick Alexander, UC San Diego
David Maes, Fresno Pacific

 

HONORABLE MENTION
Dillon Robinson, Fresno Pacific
Tanner Shore, Cal Baptist

 
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