The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has selected a record 810 swimmers and divers to its Scholar All-America team, highlighted by CSCAA Swimmers-of-the-Year Missy Franklin and Ryan Murphy from California, Sarah Thompson (Williams) and Andrew Wilson (Emory).
“It’s an honor to be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America team,” Missy Franklin said. “I’m lucky to be at a University that celebrates success in the pool and also in the classroom as UC Berkeley is extremely supportive of promoting a positive scholar-athlete atmosphere on campus."
An additional 1,078 swimmers and divers were recognized as Honorable-Mention selections
Student athletes were designated based on their performance in the classroom and the pool. In total 284, institutions placed at least one swimmer or diver on the either the first team or Honorable Mention lists.
“Swimmers and divers truly embody the student-athlete ethos and are well-known for earning some of the highest GPAs on campus,” said CSCAA executive director Joel Shinofield. “With nearly half of all national championship qualifiers producing GPA’s higher than 3.50, you see swimming and diving adds so much to value to a campus community. These accomplishments are impressive and a sign of the success they will carry on through life, positively representing their schools along the way.”
To be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable Mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or, for diving, competed at their respective qualifying meets.
The selections were drawn from 284 colleges and universities, up from 243 in 2014. That, Shinofield explains, illustrates the widespread contributions of swimming and diving. “This really shows that success isn’t limited to the ‘traditional’ powers. We’ve got coaches, athletes and institutions doing some great things in places you wouldn’t expect and is something we’re very proud of.”
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.