BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Fordham University graduate student Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden/Katedralskolan (Whittier College)) is among two men’s Division I water polo athletes to earn recognition on the 2022 Academic All-District® Men’s At-Large Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The Men’s At-Large Teams are selected from candidates from the following men’s sports: water polo, ice hockey, gymnastics, swimming & diving, tennis, golf, skiing, rifle, fencing, lacrosse, volleyball and wrestling.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First, second and third team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in mid-June.
A District I pick from among all Division I institutions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, Zdolsek is joined in garnering Academic All-District recognition by fellow Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC)-East Region athlete Peter Hillen (Jr., Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) of the United States Naval Academy who received a nod in District II covering Division I schools in Washington DC, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The duo are the only Division I men’s water polo athletes to claim Academic All-District status and join with fellow MAWPC-East Region competitor Jayden Kunwar (Sr., Woodside, Calif./Menlo) of Johns Hopkins University in accounting for three Academic All-District nods for the league. Kunwar, who notches recognition in Division III District II (Connecticut, Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia), is one of two Division III athletes to garner Academic All-District laurels joining with Pomona-Pitzer College’s Kellen Grant.
A graduate student with a 3.85 in Global Finance in Fordham’s Gabelli Graduate School of Business, Zdolsek led the Rams to the 2021 MAWPC Championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, both team firsts for Fordham water polo. He earned Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Honorable Mention All-America honors and was named MAWPC East Most Valuable Player becoming the first Ram to claim the award.
A team captain and a member of the ACWPC and MAWPC All-Academic Teams, Zdolsek was also a First Team All-MAWPC East Selection, finishing with 47 goals, 38 assists 43 steals, and 19 blocks. He was then named the Most Outstanding Player at the MAWPC Championship and to the All-Championship Team.
A 2020 graduate of Whittier College after finishing in three years, he helped the Poets to the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship, as well as the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) regular season and tournament championships prior to arriving in the Bronx. A three-time First Team ACWPC All-America and All-SCIAC selection at Whittier, he registered 140 goals, 35 assists, and 82 steals and was the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year in 2017 during his undergraduate career.
Part of the Linköpings Simidrottsförening (LSF) club team in Sweden, where he helped the team to the 2016 Swedish National Championship and six straight Beach Water Polo Championships (2014-19), Zdolsek added another piece of hardware to his trophy case in February when he was named the 2021 Swedish Men’s Water Polo Player of the Year, presented by the Swedish Swim Federation, Svensk Simidrott. Most recently in May, he was the recipient of the Vincent T. Lombardi Award, as Fordham’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year.