Three players on the Whittier College men’s water polo team received a great honor when the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC)announced their ACWPC All-Americans. On Tuesday Jan. 29, sophomore center Goran Mataic, senior utility Cameron Rehm and first-year utility Douglas Marriott were all recognized by the ACWPC. Mataic earned first team recognition, while Marriott and Rehm earned Honorable Mentions honors.
This is not the first important recognition this year for Mataic and Marriott. In November, they were both named to the All-SCIAC water polo team. Then, later that month, they were both honored by the Western Water Polo Association when Mataic was named Honorable Mention All-Western Water Polo Association, and Marriott was named to the WWPA All-Freshman Team.
Mataic, Rehm and Marriott recently wrapped up their water polo season. Although the team ended the season 11-20, 6-7 SCIAC, players like Mataic, Marriott and Rehm had a great season. They stood out the most mid-way through the season, when the team went on a five game winning streak. During this season, Mataic led the way in scoring, with 74 goals on 114 attempts. Marriott had 35 goals on 115 attempts, and Rehm had 32 goals on 114 attempts.
This award comes as a great honor to the men because it is the only one on a national scale that awards athletes for their accomplishments. By being recognized by the ACWPC, the dedication and skills that Mataic, Marriott, Rehm and the whole water polo team showcased this season are being rewarded.