Big Ten Tops Scholar All-America Conference Standings

The Big Ten conference bills itself as, "the preeminent collection of institutions in the nation, where the pursuit of academic excellence prevailed as the definitive goal."  

When it comes to balancing academics and swimming that appears to be true.  All twenty-three Big Ten swimming and diving teams earned CSCAA Scholar All-America status for achieving grade points averages of 3.0 or better in the Fall semester.  Not to be outdone, the 100% of men's and women's teams in Ivy League, University Athletic Association and Big East Conference made the list.

Additionally, each of the women's teams in the American Athletic Conference, Conference-USA and Big 12 Conference posted GPA's of 3.0 or better as did each of the men's teams in the Mid-American Conference.

All told, 461 teams were recognized for their achievements in the classroom.  Over 60% of the 134 men's and women's conferences placed more than half of their teams on the honor roll.

This year marks the first time the CSCAA has compared conferences academically and Executive Director Joel Shinofield hopes the results will help change shape perceptions about college athletes and highlights the fact that in Power 5 conferences 88% of women's and 79% of men's teams were above 3.0.  "This illustrates that even at the highest, most competitive levels, swimmers and divers truly are students first."

Division I - Women

Division I - Men

Big Ten Conference 100%
Ivy League 100%
American Athletic Conference 100%
Big East Conference 100%
Conference USA 100%
Big 12 Conference 100%
Southeastern Conference 92%
Western Athletic Conference 89%
Mid-American Conference 88%
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 80%
America East Conference 80%
Pacific-12 Conference 78%
Atlantic Coast Conference 77%
Northeast Conference 75%
Colonial Athletic Association 71%
Missouri Valley Conference 71%
Patriot League 70%
Mountain West Conference 67%
Atlantic 10 Conference 64%
Coastal Collegiate Swimming Assn 64%
Summit League 57%
Horizon League 38%

Big Ten Conference 100%
Ivy League 100%
Mid-American Conference 100%
Big East Conference 100%
Southeastern Conference 90%
Western Athletic Conference 71%
Atlantic Coast Conference 69%
Big 12 Conference 67%
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 64%
Patriot League 60%
Coastal Collegiate Swimming Assn 50%
Pacific-12 Conference 50%
Summit League 50%
American Athletic Conference 50%
Horizon League 29%
Atlantic 10 Conference 25%
Colonial Athletic Association 20%

Division II, III, NAIA - Women

Division II, III, NAIA - Men

University Athletic Association 100%
Upper NY College Swimming Assn 90%
North Coast Athletic Conference 89%
Centennial Conference 88%
Sunshine State Conference 86%
Liberty League 83%
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conf 80%
Bluegrass Mountain Conference 77%
Midwest Conference 75%
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 75%
Great Northeast Athletic Conf 75%
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conf 75%
New South Intercollegiate Swim 75%
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 71%
Southern California Intercoll 67%
Little East Conference 67%
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conf 67%
Empire Eight 64%
Minnesota Intercollegiate 64%
New England Women's and Men's 64%
Ohio Athletic Conference 63%
New England Intercollegiate S&D 62%
Liberal Arts 58%
Presidents' Athletic Conference 57%
Northeast 10 56%
New England Small College 55%
Great Lakes Intercollegiate 50%
Northwest Conference 50%
Capital Athletic Conference 50%
Michigan Intercollegiate 50%
Northern Sun 50%
Appalachian Swimming Conference 47%
Pacific Collegiate Swim & Dive 46%
Great Lakes Valley Conference 45%
State University of New York 44%
Middle Atlantic Conference 42%
Old Dominion Athletic Conference 40%
Mid-South Conference 38%
Landmark Conference 33%
Southern Athletic Association 33%
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conf 31%
College Conf of Illinois & Wisc 25%
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conf 25%

University Athletic Association 100%
Centennial Conference 86%
Sunshine State Conference 83%
Upper NY College Swimming Assn 80%
Liberty League 80%
Bluegrass Mountain Conference 75%
North Coast Athletic Conference 70%
Northwest Conference 63%
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 60%
Southern California Intercoll 56%
Liberal Arts 55%
New England Small College 55%
Michigan Intercollegiate 50%
Mid-South Conference 50%
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conf 50%
Empire Eight 45%
Great Lakes Valley Conference 45%
Minnesota Intercollegiate 44%
New England Women's and Men's 44%
Northeast 10 43%
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conf 40%
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 40%
Midwest Conference 38%
Ohio Athletic Conference 38%
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conf 33%
Great Northeast Athletic Conf 33%
Little East Conference 33%
Appalachian Swimming Conference 31%
New England Intercollegiate S&D 29%
Presidents' Athletic Conference 29%
College Conf of Illinois & Wisc 25%
Great Lakes Intercollegiate 25%