Chris Kendrick (@CKendrick86)
NORFOLK, Va. - A record 638 teams, representing 394 institutions have been named College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Teams. The awards are in recognition of teams' that achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2016 Fall Semester. Ninety-one additional teams and thirty-six more institutions achieved the honor compared to a year ago.
In total 73% of all CSCAA member programs posted GPA's above 3.00 with 91% of Division I women's teams meeting the mark. Women's teams averaged a 3.336 GPA with men slightly behind at 3.22. Iona College's women led all Division I programs with a 3.68 while Grand Canyon University led all Division I men's teams with a 3.68. Urbana College's men (3.57) and Northern State's women (3.76) were the leaders in Division II. Among Division III programs, Vassar College (3.59) and MIT (3.72) led the men's and women's rankings respectively. The Fashion Institute of Technology led both men's (3.67) and women's (3.30) NJCAA institutions. Olivet Nazarene (3.18) led all men's NAIA programs while SCAD-Savannah (3.54) topped the women's standings.
The Blazers women's swim team finished the fall semester with a combined GPA of 3.38. Elms was one of five schools from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) to make the list, posting the second-best GPA in the conference, and one of 13 schools representing the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NESIDA), coming in fourth among NEISDA schools.
On the men's side, the Blazers registered a combined GPA of 3.25, finishing first among GNAC schools and third-highest of the five NEISDA schools on the list.
To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the fall semester.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America -is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.
Full lists for each division may be found at www.cscaa.org