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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Included among the United States Naval Academy’s Class of 2023 were 22 varsity athletes who earned Graduate with Distinction honors.

Those who garner Graduate with Distinction laurels finish in the top-10 percent of the graduating class in Overall Order of Merit, which includes academics, military performance, conduct and physical education standing.  There were 104 members of the Class of 2023 who earned the accolade, including Valedictorian Peter Hillen (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) who was a member of the water polo team and was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps.  The Class totaled 1,045 graduates.

This is the eighth year in a row, the 11th time in the last 13 years and 18th time starting with the Class of 2000 in which the No. 1 graduate in Overall Order of Merit is a varsity sport athlete.

Hillen was one of five varsity athletes to rank among the top-11 graduates in the class and one of 10 to rank among the top-27 graduates.  Hillen’s water polo teammate Graham Lindner (Bel Air, Md./Loyola Blakefield) ranked third, Virendra Ghate from the offshore sailing team ranked fifth, women’s swimmer Ana Lesho ranked ninth and Irene Norman from the women’s rowing team ranked 11th.

Men’s Water Polo Athletes in Navy’s Class of 2023 who Earned Graduate with Distinction Honors
Peter Hillen – Water Polo
Graham Lindner – Water Polo
Kyle Faison – Water Polo

Collegiate Water Polo Association