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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Jayden Kunwar (Sr., Woodside, Calif./Menlo) of Johns Hopkins University is one of two men’s Division III 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.

Kunwar, who posts 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 notch Academic All-District laurels joining with Pomona-Pitzer College’s Kellen Grant.

Further, he is among four men’s water polo athletes in all divisions – including a trio from the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC)-East Region – to claim Academic All-District status.  Fordham University graduate student Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden/Katedralskolan (Whittier College)) earned status in Division I District I from institutions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, while Peter Hillen (Jr., Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) of the United States Naval Academy received a nod in District II covering Division I schools in Washington DC, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

A 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team selection, Kunwar boasts a 3.90 cumulative grade point average as a computer science major. He earned Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Second Team All-America honors in 2019 and First Team honors in 2021.  His 99 goals in 2019 rank third in school history, while his 126 points that season rank fourth.  After adding 60 goals and 28 assists in 2021, he ranks in the top 20 in school history in goals (12th/193), assists (T18th/60) and points (16th/253). 

On the national stage, Kunwar led Johns Hopkins to second (2021) and fourth (2019) place finishes at the USA Division III Water Polo National Championships.

The Blue Jays’ water polo program has now produced nine all-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selections. Eight of those have come since the 2009-10 academic year.

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