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Boys Water Polo Wins 2019-2020 CIF-SS Ford Academic Award, Traditional Cheer 2nd, Wrestling 4th

Congratulations to boys’ water polo for taking home top academic honors amongst southern section water polo programs, while traditional cheer takes home second

May 20, 2020

The winners of the 34th Annual CIF Southern Section Ford Academic Awards program were announced at the CIF-SS office today and Santa Margarita Eagle Athletics were incredibly well represented. The team awards, based on a cumulative grade point average, are awarded in 26 team sports. To be considered, teams must have a minimum of five student-athletes with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA average (4.0 scale) in the first semester or first two quarters of the 2018-19 school year. The highest team GPA in each sport category by enrollment determines the winner. Schools are divided into two enrollment categories, 1500 and above and 1499 and below. The team with the highest GPA in each enrollment category for each sport receives the award. The first-place teams receive a banner to commemorate their achievement.

The boys water polo team took home first place with the 3.77 grade point average out in the 1500 or more category. The next highest finish was for traditional cheer, who placed second with their 3.53 average grade point average in the 1500 or more category. Wrestling also placed, finishing 4th in their respective category with their 3.41 GPA.

In addition to those two programs, 22 other Eagle programs found themselves in the honorable mention category, all while averaging OVER a 3.0 GPA, a rather remarkable accomplishment.


1. Girls Track and Field – 3.71 GPA

2. Girls Swimming and Diving – 3.69 GPA

3. Girls Golf – 3.68 GPA

4. Girls Cross Country – 3.64 GPA

5. Softball – 3.64 GPA

6. Boys Cross Country – 3.61 GPA

7. Girls Tennis – 3.59 GPA

8. Boys Golf – 3.58 GPA

9. Girls Volleyball – 3.57 GPA

10.   Boys Tennis – 3.56 GPA

11.   Girls Soccer – 3.55 GPA

12.   Boys Swimming and Diving – 3.52 GPA

13.   Boys Track and Field – 3.47 GPA

14.  Girls Water Polo - 3.46 GPA

15.   Boys lacrosse – 3.45 GPA

16.   Boys Volleyball – 3.45 GPA

17.   Girls Basketball – 3.44 GPA

18.   Boys Basketball – 3.36 GPA

19.   Baseball – 3.35 GPA

20.   Girls Lacrosse – 3.34 GPA

21.   Football – 3.32 GPA

22.   Boys Soccer – 3.14 GPA


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