December 29, 2008

Six Gauchos Earn Academic All-MPSF Accolades

Dec. 29, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Six UC Santa Barbara men's water polo players have earned Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors it was announced recently by the conference. UCSB was tied for second with UCLA for the most Academic All-MPSF honorees amongst the conference's nine teams.

In order to receive this honor, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, be at least a sophomore academically, have completed at least one full year at their current school and have competed in 50 percent or more of his team's competition during the most recent season.

Senior Michael Machado and junior Stefan Partelow each earned their third consecutive Academic All-MPSF honor while teammates sophomore Brian Bishop, junior Sean Castillo and senior Ratko Paunovic each earned their second academic accolade.

Sophomore First Team All-MPSF honoree Milos Golic picked up his first academic award in his first season eligible to receive the honor. He also posted a team-leading grade point average in addition to his team-leading 82 goals this season.

Stanford led all teams with 12 Academic All-MPSF honorees, while UCSB and UCLA were tied for second with six each.

UCSB ended the 2008 season with a fifth-place finish at the MPSF Tournament and a No. 6 national ranking. The Gauchos posted an overall record of 17-11, marking their third consecutive winning season under fourth-year head coach Wolf Wigo. UCSB posted a 4-4 MPSF regular season record, marking its first season with a conference record at or above .500 since 1993. Santa Barbara tied Cal for fifth-place in the regular season conference standings.

UCSB - a nationally recognized university in both academic and athletic excellence - is located on the central coast of California in a picturesque campus community setting on the Pacific Ocean. Each year over 450 Division I Gaucho student-athletes compete for national championships, succeed in the classroom and give back to the community.

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