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Crab People hold three All-American Honors

February 10, 2012

Courtesy of Randy Falkenrath - Senior Frank Wasielewski blocks a goal at the CWPA National Championships on Nov. 5. Wasielewski earned First team All-Conference and First team All-American.

The Crab People are at it again. Not only have did they earn their third place title at nationals in November, but they also have four athletes with top honors: seniors Steve Collins, Jeff  Skalon and Frank Wasielewski and sophomore Gabe Baginski.

Collins received Game MVP (First Round) in the 2011 Men’s Division III National Collegiate Championships, tallied three goals including the game winner, First Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-American.

“To me, being an All-American shows how great of a team I play for,” said Collins. “Although only four guys received some sort of recognition, it doesn’t do justice to the extraordinary season and team we had. I felt all of our guys should have made the All-Conference teams. All that hard work and time in the pool finally paid off.”

Skalon received First Team All-National Tournament Team (2011 Men’s Division III National Collegiate Championships), First Team All-Conference (Heartland Division MVP) and First Team All-America.

Wasielewski received First Team All-Conference and First Team All-American. This was the third straight year Wasielewski has been honored a First team All-Conference and All-American selection.

Baginski was honored with Second Team All-Conference.

The All-Conference and All-American awards are voted on by players and coaches of the opposing teams.

“For All-American Recipients of both the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) and Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) All-America honors are named to the team based upon votes tallied from coaches nationwide,” said Skalon.  “Nominees for the club All-America team are nominated by their coaches/club contacts near the end of the season and voted upon by all the collegiate club coaches in the nation. Recipients receive commemorative certificates to mark their accomplishment.”

“For All-Conference, teams are selected by the coaches in each respective division,” said Skalon. “Representatives from each team rank their own players in order of ability and send their names to the CWPA office by the deadline noted on the coaches’ calendar. The CWPA office compiles the rankings by division and releases the information to every team to serve as a guide when voting. Teams then vote for the top 12 field players, two goalies, a most valuable player and a coach of the year, using the ballot available on the web site. The office compiles the votes and publishes the results at the conclusion of each season.”

Wasielewski credits his success to his fellow teammates.

“Being an All-American, to me, means that not only did I accomplish a lot, but our defense played amazing all season,” he said. “I could not have won this award without my teammates. They really gave it their all throughout the season, and we got third in the nation. This award just means that we have the best defense in the nation. I cannot take credit for all of these awards. It’s my defense that brings it every game and they swim hard and play hard so all of these awards just mean that Monmouth College water polo has had the best defense for the past three years, and I couldn’t do it without my teammates.”

Kelsey Beshears
Sports Editor

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