Jan. 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Senior Cullen Hennessy, junior Griffin White and sophomores Aimone Barabino, Cristiano Mirarchi, Paul Pickell and Chris Wendt have captured MPSF All-Academic accolades, as announced by the conference office Friday.
Hennessy earned MPSF All-Academic Team acclaim each of his four seasons in Westwood. Wendt secured his second selection, while White, Barabino, Mirarchi and Pickell all earned the academic honor for the first time in their careers.
Serving as team captain during his senior season, Hennessy scored 20 goals and led the Bruins with 38 assists. A sociology major, Hennessy concluded his four-year career having logged 78 goals in 106 matches.
White finished second on the team with 45 goals. A political science major from Mission Viejo, Calif., White also added 23 steals and 32 earned exclusions in 29 matches.
Pickell, a sociology major from Santa Ana, Calif., tallied eight goals on 18 attempts, 12 steals and 11 assists in 27 matches.
Wendt earned All-Academic Team honors for the second consecutive year. A political science major from River Forest, Ill., Wendt finished his sophomore campaign with nine goals, 18 assists and 13 steals in 27 matches.
Barabino scored 15 goals in 27 matches, leading UCLA with 73 earned exclusions. An international development stuides major hailing from Recco, Italy, Barabino also tallied 10 steals, six field blocks and seven assists.
Mirarchi finished his sophomore campaign with 10 goals, 14 assists and nine steals in 22 matches. A business-economics major from Rome, Italy, Mirarchi has posted the highest cumulative GPA of any current men's water polo player (through fall 2011 quarter).
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 2011 season with a 24-5 overall record, advancing to the NCAA Championship match at California after winning the MPSF Tournament title at home the previous weekend.