May 21, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins water polo senior Josh Kratz (Lansdale, PA/North Penn) has been named a Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District At-Large selection. He is just the second water polo player from JHU and the first since 2001, joining Zaman Mirzadeh, to earn academic all-district honors.
The District II region includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve. Sports eligible under the at-large program include: women's bowling, women's crew, men's and women's fencing, women's field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and men's wrestling.
Kratz was named the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Division III Player of the Year after scoring 60 goals and adding 42 assists this season for the Blue Jays. He also had 26 steals, 30 ejections drawn and three blocks as he was also a First Team ACWPC All-American. He captained Johns Hopkins to the Division III Eastern Championship, earning MVP honors, and the #1 ranking in the final DIII poll of the season. Kratz's team-best 102 points this season were a career-high, ranking second on the team in goals and assists. He finished his career ranked 15th in program history with 111 career goals.
Kratz is a three-time ACWPC All-Academic honoree and earned First Team CWPA All-South and Second Team All-East honors this season. He helped the Blue Jays to 72 wins, three DIII Eastern Championships, a runner-up finish at the Southern Championships and the #1 ranking in the season's final poll twice during his career. A public health major with a minor in entrepreneurship and small business management, he boasts a 3.40 cumulative GPA.