BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The United States Naval Academy’s Peter Hillen (Jr., Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) was named to the 2022 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division I Academic All-America® Men’s At-Large Team.
The 2022 Academic All-America® Men’s and Women’s At-Large Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and in the classroom. The program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA.
The At-Large Program includes athletes from the following sports: fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
A Third Team selection, Hillen holds a 4.0 grade point average in physics at the Academy. A three-year starter for the Navy water polo team, he is a three-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic Team honoree (2019, 2020, 2021). He is a five-time member of the Superintendent’s List, while appearing on the Commandant’s List six times and the Dean’s List once. Hillen ranks No. 1 in in the Class of 2023 (1,051 members) in Overall and Academic Order of Merit.
In the pool, the defensive specialist registered six goals and three assists for nine total points in 2021, while finishing with 15 steals and six ejections drawn in 28 games. For his career, Hillen has tallied 16 goals and 12 assists for 28 points, while registering 28 steals and 13 ejections drawn on defense in 61 contests.
Hillen is the fifth different Navy water polo player to garner Academic All-America status joining Andrew Sause (2001, First Team), Barry Shaw (2001, Second Team; 2002, Second Team), Eric Gardiner (2008, First Team) and Jackson Hummeldorf (2013, First Team).
All current dues-paying group and individual members of CoSIDA have the opportunity to vote on the Academic All-America® teams within their division (NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA). Members of the Academic All-America® Core Committee, the CoSIDA Board of Directors and CoSIDA staff members vote for teams in every division.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games to be eligible. In addition, no student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
Overall, Hillen is one of three men’s water polo athletes to claim CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® recognition. The lone Division I selection, he is joined in earning recognition by a pair of Division III honorees as2022 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team member of the Year/First Team selection Kellan Grant of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Third Team honoree Jayden Kunwar of Johns Hopkins University also garnered accolades.