Seniors Chris Wendt and Aimone Barabino and juniors Cristiano Mirarchi and Chris Fahlsing all earned ACWPC All-Academic honors, as announced this week by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC).
Barabino, a senior utility from Recco, Italy, secured ACWPC All-Academic "excellent" honors. He had a grade point average of 3.327. He played in 106 matches, making 22 starts in his career. This two-time All-Conference and now three-time MPSF All-Academic player led the Bruins in exclusions drawn in each of the last three seasons. He totaled 81 goals and 218 earned exclusions in his career. He scored a career-high four goals this year in a win at UC San Diego and finished sixth on the team in 2013 with 29 goals, converting on 54.7 percent (29-of-53). He also registered 59 exclusions drawn and 14 steals this past season.
Wendt, a senior defender from River Forest, Ill., secured ACWPC All-Academic "excellent" honors. He had a grade point average of 3.381. He played in 113 matches, making 82 starts in his career while registering 80 goals, 59 assists and 70 steals. This All-American has also been named to the All-Academic team each year he has been on campus and was named as an honorable mention All-MPSF selection in 2013. He has scored a career-high three goals on five different occasions including this year in a win at Loyola Marymount. This season, he tied for seventh on the team in scoring with 28 goals, shooting 43.1 percent (28-of-65). He also registered 31 steals (fourth on the team), 18 assists and led the Bruins with 16 field blocks.
Mirarchi, a junior utility from Rome, Italy (Evangelista Torricelli), had a grade point average of 3.525, tops on the team, and secured ACWPC All-Academic "superior" honors. This past season, he tied for seventh on the team in scoring with 28 goals, shooting 48.3 percent (28-of-58). He also registered 40 assists (third on the team), 23 steals and 13 field blocks (third on the squad).
Fahlsing, a junior attacker from San Diego, Calif. (Cathedral Catholic HS), had a grade point average of 3.325, securing ACWPC All-Academic "excellent" honors. He concluded the season with 14 goals, 17 steals and nine assists and earned MPSF All-Academic Team honors for the second straight season.
The Bruins finished the 2013 season with the best overall record in the country at 28-4 and finished in a three-way tie for fir st in the MPSF at 7-1. The Bruins four losses were by a combined total of five goals, also the best in the nation and UCLA was the only team in the country to finish the year with a winning record (2-1) against six-time defending champion USC.
Student-athletes eligible for the ACWPC All-Academic award must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and have competed in at least 50 percent of games in the current season. Athlete merit levels include "excellent" (3.2 to 3.4), "superior" 3.41 to 3.7 and "outstanding" 3.71 to 4.0.