California Baptist was among just two schools (Ithaca College) to have multiple first team honorees, and was the only GSAC program represented. The two recipients are number three and four in Lancer history to be named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
“Both of them found the balance between athletics and academics,” said Rick Rowland, Head Coach of men’s water polo, and swimming and diving.
“We demand a lot with morning and afternoon practice, so it’s impressive. Both of them have been top-tier athletes…their priorities are in the right place.”
Steiger, CBU’s all-time scoring king, led the nation in scoring (126 goals) and found the back of the net 400 times in his illustrious career.
The Accounting major with a 3.90 GPA holds 12 CBU records, including the all-time steals mark (334), and strung together 38 consecutive games with a goal in 2010.
Steiger was the first ever CBU polo player to be named to the ACWPC All-American list (the only non-NCAA Div. I player on the list).
He was also among 12 Lancer athletes on the ACWPC Academic All-American team following the program’s record breaking 32 win season.
Graifman, a six-time NAIA All-American, swept the diving competition at the 2011 National Championships to win his third career National Title.
The Biology major with a 3.83 GPA was honored as an NAIA Scholar Athlete earlier this year, and went undefeated in the 1-meter board this season.
In his first three seasons for the Lancers Graifman has finished top three in the nation at the National Championships six times, and is the second most decorated diver (behind current coach Ben Wahlman who owns seven national championships) in program history.
Graifman plans on following in the footsteps of former CBU swimmer Linsey Cline (the school’s first ever CoSIDA Academic All-American) in going to Medical School.
Softball player Caty Reeves was named second team CoSIDA Academic-All-American for softball earlier this year; giving the Lancers a total of three honorees for the 2010-2011 athletic season.