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Parrish named Elite 90 Award winner for NCAA men's water polo


Stanford University's Blake Parrish earned the Elite 90 award for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Water Polo Championship.

Parrish, a computer science major, carries a 3.876 GPA. The senior was presented with the award during Friday evening's banquet held inside McCaw Hall at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford campus.

The Stanford senior is a three-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Academic All-American and a three-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation academic honoree. Parrish was honored as a CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-District selection last season as well.

Parrish is Stanford's active scoring leader with 148 career goals and ranks fourth on the Cardinal roster with 38 scores this season. He is also a two-time ACWPC All-American.

Parrish is the first Cardinal recipient of the award since B.J. Churnside took home the prestigious honor in 2014, during Stanford's last appearance in the NCAA Championships.

The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.

The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

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