Ovelar Named CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Year
Nov. 18, 2011
SOMERVILLE, MA – Johns Hopkins freshman Danny Ovelar has been named the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Rookie of the Year, as announced by the conference office tonight at the CWPA Eastern Championship Hall of Fame Banquet. In addition, Ovelar is one of three Blue Jays to earn CWPA All-South honors, as he was named to the second team. Junior Alex Whittam garnered first team accolades, while classmate Kielan Crow was named to the second team. The three All-South selections for the Blue Jays tie a program record.
Ovelar is the third Blue Jay to earn CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Year honors, joining Whittam (2009) and senior Mark Strickland (2008). He has played in 20 games so far this season, making 247 saves to rank third in the nation (among all divisions). Ovelar also has a team-best 73 steals to rank second in the country. He is just the third goalie in program history to earn CWPA All-South honors and is the first freshman goalie to do so. Ovelar’s 247 saves so far this season rank fourth in school single-season history, while his 73 steals rank third.
Whittam earns First Team All-South honors for the second straight year after earning Second Team All-South honors as a freshman in 2009. He leads the Blue Jays and is tied for fourth in the country (among all divisions) with 64 goals. He also has a team-best 52 assists and 116 points. Whittam ranks third in the nation in assists and points and is seventh in steals with 47. He has notched atleast one point in all but one game this season, and has atleast one point in each of the last 22 games. Whittam holds the school record for assists in a season (52) and a career (122), he also ranks eighth in career goals (168) and second in steals (141). Whittam is just the fourth player in program history to earn All-South honors atleast three times.
Crow earns CWPA All-South honors for the first time in his career. He ranks third on the team and seventh in the nation (among all divisions) with a career-high 61 goals. Crow has also dished 20 assists for a career-high 81 points. He has swiped a career-best 61 steals so far this season and ranks third in the nation. Crow is tied for 14th in school history in career goals (133), third in steals (138) and fifth in assists (61).
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