St. Peter, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for their efforts in the classroom over the 2013-14 academic school year. Once again this year, both the men’s and the women’s squads were honored as CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.
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 twice annually, once in the fall semester/term and in the semester/term of the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).
The Gustavus women’s team earned the honor after registering a cumulative team grade point average of 3.37 – an improvement on its 3.34 mark last year. The Gustie men took home the honor with a team GPA of 3.15 – a near full one-tenth improvement from its 3.06 GPA a season ago.
Whitworth University (Wash.) led the way on the women’s side with a 3.70 GPA, while Principia College (Ill.) paced the men’s teams with a 3.54.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) was once again well represented on both the men’s and women’s Scholar All-America Teams. On the women’s side, a total of eight schools including Augsburg College (3.32), Carleton College (3.32), Macalester College (3.49), College of Saint Benedict (3.35), Saint Mary’s University (3.26), St. Olaf College (3.26), and University of St. Thomas (3.08) were recognized. The four MIAC men’s squads earning the distinction along with Gustavus included Carleton (3.19), Macalester (3.41), Saint Mary’s (3.18), and St. Thomas (3.25).
A total of 92 NCAA Division III men’s programs and 138 women’s programs were recognized by the CSCAA, the oldest organization of college swimming coaches in America.