Dec. 23, 2005
Los Angeles - UCLA men's water polo players David Pietsch, Will Didinger, Chris Pulido, Logan Powell, and Grant Zider earned All-America honors for the 2005 season, the American Water Polo Coaches Association announced Friday. Pietsch earned Second-Team All-America honors, and Didinger, Pulido, Powell, and Zider each received All-America honorable mention accolades.
Pietsch, a senior from Manoa, Hawaii, finishes his career with his first All-American honor. Pietsch also earned his first All-MPSF honor this season after leading the Bruins in goals scored with a career-best 39 goals. Pietsch ends his UCLA career with 75 goals scored, and is also a two-time All-MPSF All-Academic honoree.
Didinger, a junior from Manhattan Beach, Calif., earns his first All-America honorable mention recognition. He was the UCLA leader between the pipes this year with a team and career-best 191 saves in 26 games played. Didinger averaged 7.35 saves per match, and owned a 6.04 goals against average. Didinger was also an All-MPSF third team selection this season.
Pulido, a junior from La Jolla, Calif., earns his first All-America honorable mention honors. Pulido posted 18 goals on the year and also received All-MPSF honorable mention honors this season.
Powell, a junior from San Clemente, Calif., earns an All-America honorable mention nod for the first time after finishing second on the Bruin squad in scoring with 34 goals. He was also an All-MPSF honorable mention recipient this season.
Zider, a junior from Portola Valley, Calif., earns his first-career All-American honorable mention accolades after finishing the season fourth on the team in scoring with 25 goals. He was also an All-MPSF honorable mention honoree this season.
UCLA ended the 2005 campaign with a 21-8 record, and finished fifth at the 2005 MPSF Championships.