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Local water polo players earn All-America recognition

Gunn grad Calder Hilde-Jones was one of three local players who were named Honorable Mention All-America on Tuesday. Photo taken Nov. 21, 2021 by Joe Nemeth.

Gunn grad Calder Hilde-Jones, Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Tsotadze and Atherton resident Andrew Penner earned Honorable Mention honors on the Division I All-America Men's Water Polo.

Alex Tsotadze/Harvard Athletics

The team was announced during the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches at its annual awards banquet Tuesday.

Hilde-Jones, a redshirt senior, led UC San Diego (14-10) with 59 goals. He scored in all 24 of the team's games, with a season-best five goals against California Baptist at the Western Water Polo Association Tournament. He also led the team with 40 drawn exclusions and finished second with 100 shots, good for a .590 shooting percentage.

Andrew Penner/Brown Athletics

Tsotadze led Harvard (26-6) with 71 goals scored (8th highest single season total in program history), while also recording 39 assists and 32 steals. He accumulated a pair of six-goal efforts in wins over Iona and Mount St. Mary's.

Tsotadze was named the Northwest Water Polo Conference Most Valuable Player. He enters his senior season with 168 career goals for the Crimson, which currently ranks eighth in program history.

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Penner, whose younger sister Ashley played at Sacred Heart Prep, finished his senior season at Brown (20-14) with 46 goals and drew a team-high 57 exclusions. Penner also finished the season with six assists and eight steals.

Stanford's Quinn Woodhead, whose sister Ella played at SHP, was also an honorable mention.

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Local water polo players earn All-America recognition

Uploaded: Wed, Dec 22, 2021, 12:30 pm

Gunn grad Calder Hilde-Jones, Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Tsotadze and Atherton resident Andrew Penner earned Honorable Mention honors on the Division I All-America Men's Water Polo.

The team was announced during the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches at its annual awards banquet Tuesday.

Hilde-Jones, a redshirt senior, led UC San Diego (14-10) with 59 goals. He scored in all 24 of the team's games, with a season-best five goals against California Baptist at the Western Water Polo Association Tournament. He also led the team with 40 drawn exclusions and finished second with 100 shots, good for a .590 shooting percentage.

Tsotadze led Harvard (26-6) with 71 goals scored (8th highest single season total in program history), while also recording 39 assists and 32 steals. He accumulated a pair of six-goal efforts in wins over Iona and Mount St. Mary's.

Tsotadze was named the Northwest Water Polo Conference Most Valuable Player. He enters his senior season with 168 career goals for the Crimson, which currently ranks eighth in program history.

Penner, whose younger sister Ashley played at Sacred Heart Prep, finished his senior season at Brown (20-14) with 46 goals and drew a team-high 57 exclusions. Penner also finished the season with six assists and eight steals.

Stanford's Quinn Woodhead, whose sister Ella played at SHP, was also an honorable mention.

Rick Eymer

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