Five UCLA Men's Water Polo Players Earn Academic All-America Honors

March 23, 2009

BREA, Calif. - Senior Krsto Sbutega, junior Tyler Jemmett, sophomore Ben Hohl and freshmen Cullen Hennessy and Nick Zakula of the UCLA men's water polo team have captured ACWPC Academic All-America honors, as announced Monday by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.

Sbutega, a senior from Kotor, Montenegro, finished his UCLA career having earned ACWPC Academic All-America "superior" honors each of four seasons. Currently one of three finalists for the 2008 Peter J. Cutino Award, Sbutega is a three-time All-MPSF selection (first team 2006, 2008; second team 2007).

Sbutega logged 143 goals in four seasons, registering the fifth-highest career goal total in program history. He earned first-team ACWPC All-America honors as a senior after having been named an honorable mention All-America selection as a sophomore and junior. Sbutega intends to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering in June 2009.

Jemmett played in all 24 matches in 2008, recording nine goals, nine steals, six blocks and five earned exclusions. The native of San Diego, Calif., has earned ACWPC Academic All-America "excellent" honors for the second consecutive season and intends to major in sociology.

Hohl started all 24 matches as a sophomore in 2008, scoring 33 goals, the third-highest total on the team. He has earned ACWPC Academic All-America "superior" honors for the first time in his career. The Atherton, Calif., resident tallied 16 steals, 10 assists and six blocks. Hohl, who intends to major in business economics, recorded eight multiple-goal games in 2008, scoring in 18 of UCLA's 24 matches.

Hennessy captured ACWPC Academic All-America "excellent" honors for the first time in his career. Last fall, he totaled 14 goals on 34 attempts, playing in all 24 matches (two starts). Hennessy, who intends to major in sociology, finished his redshirt freshman campaign with 10 earned exclusions, six blocks and five assists.

Zakula earned ACWPC Academic All-America "superior" accolades for the first time in his career. The 6-foot-6 defender from San Mateo, Calif., played in 14 matches as a redshirt freshman, scoring one goal on seven attempts. Zakula intends to major in communication studies.

The ACWPC selects three All-America academic teams each season - outstanding (3.71 - 4.00 GPA), superior (3.41 - 3.70 GPA) and excellent (3.20 - 3.40 GPA).


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