Both Kiley Neushul and Kotas Genidounias appear in videos after San Francisco’s Olympic Club selected each as 2015-16 Cutino Award Winners on June 6. The honor is bestowed on the best intercollegiate water polo athletes at the end of each scholastic year. It is commonly described as, “water polo’s Heisman Trophy.”
Neushul, who won the award for the first time in 2012, sits down with Stanford Athletics to reminisce about the championship season the Cardinal just completed. USC’s Genidounias hails from Athens, Greece and is the sixth consecutive European male athlete to earn the Cutino Award. His national team obligations required him to return to the Agean forcing him to miss the ceremony. But he takes the opportunity to give thanks via YouTube.
Kiley Neushul was named the 2015 Peter J. Cutino Award winner at the annual award ceremony held at the Olympic Club of San Francisco on Saturday. Neushul was one of three nominees including Stanford teammate Maggie Steffens and UCLA goalie Sami Hill…
Neushul also won the Cutino award after her freshman season in 2012 when Stanford won the national championship. During her Stanford tenure women’s water polo won three national championships with an overall record of 105 and 8. Maggie Steffens joined Neushul on he 2014 and 2015 NCAA Championship teams and was a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and FINA World Player of the Year. Sami Hill smashed UCLA records for goalkeeping and capped her career by holding opponents to a remarkable 4-goal average per game in 2015.
Kostas Genidounias completed his USC career as the Trojans’ all-time leading scorer, with three NCAA Championship rings captured and a host of impressive honors and accolades. On June 6 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Genidounias was selected as the 2014-15 winner of the Peter J. Cutino Award — the highest honor in collegiate water polo. A two-time finalist for award, Genidounias has now become the fourth male Trojan to win the Cutino Award. He follows in the footsteps of fellow NCAA Champions Juraj Zatovic, J.W. Krumpholz and Joel Dennerley.