2015 CSCAA Jean Freeman Scholarship Award Recipients
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announces the following recipients of the 2015 Jean Freeman Scholarship:
Tracy Martin, Eastern Michigan University (Head Coach- Peter Linn)
Jessica Hessell, Truman State University (Head Coach- Ed Pretre) AletaKolan, Macalester College (Head Coach- Beth Whittle)
Kyle Berg, Florida Atlantic University (Head Coach- Lara Preacco)
Paul Hughes, Kalamazoo College (Head Coach- Kathy Milliken)
Franco Pacheco, Colby College(Head Coach- Tom Burton)
The Jean Freeman Scholarship is given annually to three male and three female assistant coaches whose exceptional contributions have brought recognition to their college or university, and whose leadership, integrity, honesty, competitive attitude and personal graciousness epitomizes those characteristics reflected by Jean Freeman. The scholarship will provide each of the six selected assistant coaches with the convention fee, transportation and lodging to the annual CSCAA Convention and Clinic. Recipients were selected by a committee comprised of members of The Summit, The Summit for Empowering Women in Swimming, of which Jean was a founding member. The members of the selection committee are Marian Clark, University of Pittsburgh; Anne Goodman James, Colorado College; Stefanie Kerska, Ann Arbor Pioneer (MI); Susan Teeter, Princeton University and Cathy Wright-Eger of Purdue.
Jean Freeman was a pioneer in collegiate women’s athletics who served as a mentor and leader to numerous women and men who have gone on to become head swimming coaches in the collegiate ranks. Jean Freeman swam for the Minnesota Gophers from 1968‐72 and then went on to serve as an assistant coach with the team for one season before being named as the program’s head coach in 1973.
From there, Freeman took the program to new heights and national prominence. During her 31-year tenure in Gold Country, Freeman produced 27 winning seasons; won two Big Ten Championships in 1999 & 2000; won 208 dual meets; coached two National Champions; 14 Big Ten Champions; 175 All Americans; and most of all, enjoyed coaching over 1,000 student-athletes.
Among her many honors and accolades, Freeman was a four-time Big Ten Coach of The Year (1984, 1986, 1996, 1999); collected over 20 American Swimming Coaches Certificate of Excellence Awards; and was inducted into the Minnesota Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1999 she was the recipient of the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy, awarded annually by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The award is the highest honor In collegiate swimming coaching and Freeman was the first female to win the award in its 41-year history.
In addition to being a highly successful coach, Jean Freeman was a difference maker in the college swimming community. She showed up, spoke up, and got involved to do what was best for our sport. Her influence can be seen on pool decks across the country where she is remembered by many coaches as a mentor, which is why these scholarships in her honor are such a fitting way to honor her memory.
The CSCAA was 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 and diving at the collegiate level.
The CSCAA recognizes outstanding achievements by coaches and swimmers; promotes communication and cooperation both within the sport of swimming and with our fellow Olympic sports; protects, promotes and seeks to expand competitive intercollegiate swimming programs; recommends rules and regulations to the NCAA; sponsors events; certifies new coaches; provides ongoing educational and leadership training for coaches and athletes; and serves as a source of information to its membership and for the general public.
Below you will find a link to an Op-Ed penned by Duke Athletic Director Kevin White, and Bob Bowlsby, the commissioner of the Big 12 about the value of the college athletic experience. I urge you to take a few moments to read the article and share it widely.
The pursuit of national titles, points, faster swimming and perfect dives matter, but the “enduring traits of cooperation, diligence and leadership developed during training and competition” are the long-term yield on our investment in collegiate swimming and diving programs.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is proud to announce the 2014 Fall CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams, supported by Nike Swim.
Team Scholar All-America Award- Fall
The Fall Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the fall semester/quarter.
CSCAA NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Team Rankings Supported by TYR
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division I Team Rankings are compiled by CSCAA-member coaches and one media member. This is the final men’s ranking of the 2014-15 season.
The CSCAA DI Poll Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country. CSCAA NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Ranking as of February 23, 2015
7. North Carolina State
8. Ohio State
11. Southern California
15. North Carolina
17. Virginia Tech
24. Penn State
Also receiving votes: Florida State, Princeton, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Yale CSCAA NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming and Diving Team Poll Committee
Chair: Bill Roberts, United States Naval Academy; Chad Craddock, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Braden Holloway/Gary Taylor, North Carolina State University; Jeff Commings, Swimming World Magazine; McGee Moody, University of South Carolina; Vic Riggs, West Virginia University; Dan Ross, Purdue University; Brian Schrader, University of Denver; Dorsey Tierney-Walker, Arizona State University
CSCAA NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Ranking Supported by TYR
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division I Team Rankings are compiled by nine CSCAA-member coaches and one media member. This is the final ranking of women’s teams for the 2014-15 season.
The CSCAA DI Poll Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country. Rankings are based on performances that have taken place since the previous poll and include invites as well as dual meets.
CSCAA NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Ranking as of February 16, 2015
5. Texas A&M
9. North Carolina
12. Southern California
13. North Carolina State
19. Louisiana State
22. Ohio State
23. Southern Methodist
25. San Diego State University
Also receiving votes: Arizona State, Florida Gulf Coast, Kentucky, Penn State, Rice
A NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Ranking Committee
Chair: Matt Barany, University of Richmond; Dan Colella, Duke University; Roric Fink, University of Texas; Naya Higashijima, UCLA; Kristin Hill, Boise State University; Sue Novitsky, University of Illinois; Katie Robinson, Tulane; Brian Smith, University of Georgia; Suzanne Yee, Princeton University; Jeff Commings