The Gustavus men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been recognized as Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
The women’s squad cumulated a grade point average of 3.33 this season, while the Gustie men registered a GPA of 3.11. The top team GPA in NCAA Division III on the women’s side was held by Hope College at 3.79, as the top men’s GPA went to Principia College at 3.76.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) was well represented on both the men’s and women’s Scholar All-America Teams. On the men’s side, five schools including Macalester College (3.42), Carleton College (3.28), St. Olaf College (3.17), and Saint Mary’s University (3.04) were honored. A total of 10 institutions made the women’s list, as Augsburg College (3.68) and Concordia College (3.61) led the way with the third and eighth best GPA’s, respectively, in the country. Also taking home All-America distinction was St. Catherine University (3.45), Carleton (3.42), University of St. Thomas (3.37), Saint Mary’s (3.36), Macalester (3.36), St. Olaf (3.30), and Hamline University (3.03).
The Team Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented to teams achieving this standard in the fall semester and in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).
On an individual level, five Gustavus women’s swimmers garnered Scholar All-America recognition. Earning a place on the 2012 Scholar All-America Team was Stephanie Korba (Lakeville, Minn.), Kelsey Lucia (St. Cloud, Minn.), Katie Olson (Zimmerman, Minn.), Alissa Tinklenberg (Willmar, Minn.), and Sarah Hund (Willmar, Minn.).
The Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, for the semester or cumulative average, and have qualified for their respective national championship. The award is presented in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).