Jan. 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Senior Griffin White, juniors Paul Pickell, Chris Wendt and Aimone Barabino and sophomores Christopher Meinhold, Chris Fahlsing and Paul Reynolds have captured MPSF All-Academic accolades, as announced by the conference office Monday.
Wendt earned MPSF All-Academic Team acclaim for the third time in Westwood. White, Pickell and Barabino each secured their second selection, while Meinhold, Fahlsing and Reynolds all earned the academic honor for the first time in their careers.
White earned All-MPSF academic acclaim in each of his last two seasons as a Bruin. He finished second on the team in 2012 in scoring with 46 goals. The senior attacker from Mission Viejo, Calif., had a 3.046 GPA.
Junior utility Barabino has earned MPSF All-Academic honors in 2011 and 2012. He finished the season eighth on the squad in scoring with 29 goals. An international development studies major hailing from Recco, Italy, Barabino had a 3.137 GPA.
Pickell, a sociology major from Santa Ana, Calif., earned All-Academic honors for the second straight season. He tallied 15 goals during the 2012 season. The junior attacker had a 3.328 GPA.
Wendt, a junior defender, earned All-Academic Team honors for the third consecutive year. A political science major from River Forest, Ill., Wendt finished the 2012 fifth on the team with 34 goals and a 3.362 GPA.
Meinhold finished the 2012 campaign with six goals. A sophomore attacker from San Clemente, Calif., Meinhold has posted the highest cumulative GPA of any current men's water polo player at 3.529.
Reynolds finished his sophomore season third on the team in scoring with 44 goals. An attacker from Santa Ana, Calif., he had a GPA of 3.328.
Fahlsing concluded his sophomore season ninth on the squad in scoring with 27 goals. An attacker from San Diego, Calif., posted a 3.349 GPA.
Student-athletes nominated for the conference's All-Academic Team must record a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, be at least a sophomore academically, have completed in over 50 percent of the team's competition during the season and have completed one full academic year at the university prior to the season.
UCLA finished the 2012 season with a 28-5 overall record and a 7-1 mark in MPSF play, advancing to the NCAA Championship match for the second consecutive year.