Aptos High twin brothers Gabriel and Rafael Suarez-Abraham both made an immediate impact as freshmen on the Mariners boys’ water polo team in 2023.

Gabriel, a utility player, led the team with 21 goals, while goalie Rafael recorded 57 saves and three wins, according to the Max Preps website.

Their accomplishments in the pool didn’t go unnoticed by the coaches within the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League. Gabriel and Rafael both earned all-Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League First Team and Second Team honors, respectively. 

The Suarez-Abraham brothers helped the Mariners go 4-5 in league play and finished with an 8-8 overall record.

Fellow teammates juniors Gavin Abundis and Jack Widman both made the honorable mention list. 

Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Malloy Wiens (Sr.), Soquel

Defensive Player of the Year: Mattias Cruz (Jr.), Santa Cruz

Coach of the Year: Trevor Wiens, Soquel

First Team

Gabriel Suarez-Abraham (Fr.), Aptos

Malloy Wiens (Sr.), Soquel 

Jacob Henshaw (Jr.), Soquel 

Stryder Stelck (So.), Soquel 

Matias Cruz (Jr.), Santa Cruz 

Pakalani Saxton-Vaka (Jr.), Santa Cruz

Hayden Johnson (So.), Santa Cruz 

Tate Wilson (So.), Santa Cruz 

Second Team

Rafael Suarez-Abraham (Fr.), Aptos

Hayes Pizzica (Sr.), Soquel 

Cash Wolf (Jr.), Soquel 

Connor Garde (Sr.), Soquel  

Lucas Primavera (Sr.), Santa Cruz 

Nikolaus Kay (So.), Santa Cruz 

Jayden Chopra (Sr.), Santa Cruz

Honorable Mention 

Gavin Abundis (Jr.), Aptos 

Jack Widman (Jr.), Aptos

Logan Manildi (Jr.), Harbor 

Elias Keen-Server (Jr.), Harbor

Jon McClaren (Sr.), San Lorenzo Valley

Jack Bradford (Sr.), SLV

Nathan Rascon (Sr.), Santa Cruz 

Laird Bower (Fr.), Santa Cruz

Tucker Graessle (Sr.), Soquel 

Josh Novick (Jr.), Soquel

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