NORFOLK, VA - The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has named 710 teams to its Scholar All-America list for the Spring 2018 Semester. The Western Connecticut State University women's swimming and diving team is among the 174 women's Division III teams to make the list. The Colonials come in with a 3.27 team grade-point average.
The entire list represent 476 institutions from across all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA Divisions. The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. Transylvania's women's team (3.79) and Caltech's men (3.63) led Division III programs with twelve or more participants.
Among teams with a dozen or more student-athletes, on the women's side Saint Francis (PA) led the nation with a 3.81 GPA. Grand Canyon University posted a 3.66 for the highest GPA among men's programs with a dozen or more participants. It is the third time the Antelope men have led Division I. The Sioux Falls women and Adelphi Men led all Division II programs with GPAs of 3.80 and 3.64 respectively.
Success in the classroom and pool went hand-in-hand. On average, twenty-three of the top twenty-five top finishers in each of the NCAA Championships earned the award, with every NCAA title-winning team in all three divisions posting a GPA of 3.17 or higher. Nine teams finished among the top ten nationally in both team GPA and at their respective national championships.
- MIT Women NCAA Finish: 6th / GPA Ranking: 7th
- Pomona Pitzer Women NCAA Finish: 9th / GPA Ranking: 9th
- Carson-Newman Women NCAA Finish: 9th place / GPA Ranking: 8th
- Stanford Men - NCAA Finish: 7th / GPA Ranking: 4th
- Louisville Women - NCAA Finish: 5th place / GPA Ranking: 7th
At the conference level, four leagues were perfect. The Pac-12, Big XII, UAA and Big East had each men's and women's program selected. Eight other leagues saw each of their women's programs chosen. These included the ACC, Atlantic 10, NEWMAC, Ivy League, WAC, American Athletic Conference, Conference-USA, and Southern Athletic Association.
The CSCAA will announce its individual Scholar All-Americans next week.