Whittier College News Release
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
Jan. 7, 2003
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Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216
Water Polo Players Honored
American Water Polo Coaches Association has selected two Whittier College
players as members of the Division III All-America Collegiate Water Polo Team.
Joe Gonzalez of Commerce,
and junior Jeff Padgett of
were named to the 2003 team, according to Wendell Jack, director of
athletics. “These are well deserved and wonderful accolades for two very
hard-working student-athletes, and the Poet community is very proud of Joe and
Jeff,” Jack said.
four-year starter who served as team captain, Gonzalez is a Spanish major who
came to Whittier from Bell Gardens High School. A biology major, Padgett
attended Sonora High School.
addition, Padgett was named to the All-SCIAC (Southern California
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) first team for water polo. Gonzalez was
named to the All-SCIAC second team, along with senior Ryan Quigley, a business
major who came to Whittier from California’s Palm Desert High School.
Whittier College finished third in SCIAC, with a record of 6-3.
18 miles east of
Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering
traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in
the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by
the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law
Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.