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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Peter Hillen (Jr., Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) of the United States Naval Academy 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 II selection from among all Division I institutions in Washington DC, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Hillen is joined in garnering Academic All-District recognition by fellow Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC)-East Region athlete/Fordham University graduate student Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden/Katedralskolan (Whittier College)) who received a nod in Division I institutions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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 collect Academic All-District laurels joining with Pomona-Pitzer College’s Kellen Grant.

A three-year starter for the Navy water polo team, Hillen is a physics major with a 4.00 GPA. The defender is a three-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic team honoree (2019, 2020, 2021). He is a four-time member of the Superintendent’s List, while appearing on the Commandant’s List five times and the Dean’s List once. Hillen ranks first in his class of 1,057 students in overall and academic order of merit.

 

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