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SCIAC Men's Water Polo All-Conference Honors Announced

SCIAC Men's Water Polo All-Conference Honors Announced

The 2017 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men's water polo teams were announced Thursday following a vote conducted by the league's member head coaches.

Senior goalkeeper Daniel Diemer of Pomona-Pitzer was named the 2017 SCIAC Athlete of the Year after pacing the Sagehens to a 13-1 record in conference play and the top seed in the upcoming SCIAC Tournament.

Diemer, a First Team All-SCIAC selection as a junior in 2016, helped the Sagehens clinch the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament after leading the team to a 13-1 record in league play. The St. Louis, Mo. native made 66 saves in conference play spanning 309:30 minutes between the posts. He notched a .532 save percentage and 6.00 goals-against average in addition to contributing an assist en route to a 7-1 record.  

Hans Zdolsek of Whittier was voted the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year after helping the Poets secure the second seed in the conference tournament. Zdolsek helped the Poets notch a 12-2 record in SCIAC action thanks to his 33 goals which ranked fourth among conference leaders. 

Caltech head coach Jon Bonafede and his staff garnered SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors as the Beavers improved in 2017 posting an overall record of 8-16, 2-12 in conference action. On Sept. 27, Bonafede directed Caltech to a thrilling, 11-10 victory over Occidental to give the Beavers their first league win since the 2001 season. 

SCIAC Athlete
of the Year
SCIAC Newcomer
of the Year
SCIAC Coaching
Staff of the Year
Daniel Diemer
Hans Zdolsek
Jon Bonafede
First Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Daniel Diemer Pomona-Pitzer Sr. GK St. Louis, Mo.
Jeff O'Brien Chapman Sr. C Newport Beach, Calif.
Adam Ward Pomona-Pitzer Jr. UT Claremont, Calif.
Noah Deer CMS Sr. A/C Honolulu, Hawai'i
Max Taylor Redlands Sr. UT Henderson, Nev.
Murat Ersoz Whittier So. GK Istanbul, Turkey
Carlos Heredia Viteri Whittier Fy. A Commerce, Calif.
Zack Rossman CMS So. A Bellevue, Wash.
Chris Gardhouse Cal Lutheran Sr. C-D Agoura Hills, Calif.
Second Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Rey Julien Castillo La Verne Sr. DR Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Kevin Dayan Chapman Jr. UT Sao Paulo, Brazil
Joseph Schafer Pomona-Pitzer So. D Pleasanton, Calif.
Hans Zdolsek Whittier Fy. UT Linkoping, Sweden
Tim Aakhus Whittier Sr. UT Bakersfield, Calif.
Steven Csaposs Caltech Fy. C Davis, Calif.
Peter Tilton CMS Sr. A Santa Monica, Calif.
Jacob Niskey Pomona-Pitzer So. A El Cajon, Calif.
SCIAC All-Sportsmanship Team
Name Institution Year Hometown
Richard May Caltech Sr. Guilford, Conn.
Mats Albins Cal Lutheran Jr. Oslo, Norway
Wilson Parnell Chapman Sr. Claremont, Calif.
Arya Nakhjavani CMS Sr. Newport Beach, Calif.
Mason Fox  La Verne So. West Jordan, Utah
Tanner Nickles  Occidental So. Tucson, Ariz.
Noah Sasaki Pomona-Pitzer Fy. Irvine, Calif. 
Mitchell Walker Redlands Jr. Taylorsville, Utah
Andrew Wettstead Whittier Sr. Fresno, Calif.