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.
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|First Team All-SCIAC|
|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|
|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|
|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.|