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Viktoria Tamas '20

Viktoria Tamas '20 received the prestigious Elite 90 award from the NCAA during the 2017-18 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships on May 10.

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Viktoria Tamas becomes Pacific's second NCAA Elite 90 athlete for 2017-18

May 17, 2018

Women's water polo player Viktoria Tamas '20 won the NCAA Elite 90 award presented during the 2017-18 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship held May 11-13 at the University of Southern California. This prestigious honor bestowed by the NCAA recognizes student-athletes who have reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level and achieved the highest academic standard among their peers. Tiger men's team player Andrea De Nardi '20 won the Elite 90 award in men's water polo at the 2017-18 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championships. 

This is the first time in Pacific history that two players from men's and women's programs have won the award in the same year.

Tamas received the award at the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship banquet on May 10 at USC's Galen Center. A sophomore attacker from Kerepes, Hungary, Tamas carries a 4.0 grade point average while majoring in business administration. Outside the classroom, Tamas made her mark in the water this season netting 17 goals, 25 assists, and helping the Tigers to their second Golden Coast Conference title.

Andrea De Nardi receives NCAA Elite 90 awardDe Nardi received the award at the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship banquet in December at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. A sophomore from Nice, France, De Nardi helped the men's team to a Golden Coast Conference title while carrying a 4.0 grade point average in engineering management. Upon receiving the award, De Nardi was featured as KCRA-TV's MY 58 "Superstar of the Week."

The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals for each of the NCAA Championships. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team and a designated member of the squad size at the championship.

Only 90 of the more than 900,000 NCAA student-athletes are recognized for their combination of academic and athletic excellence each year.

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