Seven Trojans Earn MPSF Scholar-Athlete Honors|
May 25, 2017
The USC women’s water polo team has landed a program record seven Trojans on the MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete list for 2017. Led by three-time honoree in senior Avery Peterson, repeat honors also go to Brianna Daboub, Ioanna Haralabidis and Annika Jensen, while three Women of Troy have picked up the first Scholar-Athlete awards of their USC careers in Nikki Stansfield, Courtney Fahey and Amanda Longan. All seven won an NCAA Championship in 2016 and helped the 2017 Trojans break the national record in consecutive wins in building out a 52-match win streak this year while USC worked its way to the NCAA Semifinals for the 14th consecutive season.
Three-time MPSF Scholar-Athlete Avery Peterson wraps her USC career as an All-American as well as a 2016 NCAA Champion. The team captain holds a 3.4 GPA as a communication major. Two of Peterson’s fellow captains, All-Americans and national champions — junior Brianna Daboub and sophomore Amanda Longan — are also on the honor roll this season. Daboub has her second set of MPSF Scholar-Athlete accolades to her name, holding a 3.25 GPA as a health and human services major. Longan, a sophomore, is eligible for the award for the first time this year and has landed on the honor roll with her 3.14 GPA as a communication major.
Joining Daboub as two-time MPSF Scholar-Athlete honorees are senior Ioanna Haralabidis — also an All-American — and junior Annika Jensen. Haralabidis finishes her USC career with a degree in communication and a minor in marketing while holding a 3.09 GPA. Jensen holds a 3.03 GPA as a communication major. Senior Nikki Stansfield has bumped her GPA up to 3.05 to land her first MPSF Scholar-Athlete selection as she has completed her degree in policy, planning and development. Sophomore Courtney Fahey boasts the highest GPA of the bunch, gripping a 3.57 GPA as a health and human services major to snag her first MPSF Scholar-Athlete pick.
MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athletes must hold a 3.00 or better cumulative GPA, be at least a sophomore academically with one full academic year completed at their institution prior to the 2017 season, and must have competed in at least 50 percent of team competition in 2017.