Norfolk, VA – The UMBC men's swimming and diving team has been honored as a Scholar All-American team by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), the association announced Wednesday morning. UMBC was one of the more than 700 teams to be recognized for their academic excellence in the classroom.
CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield cited UMBC's success, noting: "Coach Chad Cradock has done an exceptional job building a top program in the pool and the classroom at UMBC." We are very fortunate to have schools like UMBC and people like President Hrabowski and Director of Athletics Tim Hall who support these exceptional student-athletes."
For the first time in the 95-year history of the CSCAA, more than 700 teams have received Scholar All-America recognition.
In total, 720 teams, representing 443 institutions achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the Spring 2017 Semester. Part of the reason for the increase in award-winning teams is the overall growth of the sport. The number of men's and women's institutions sponsoring swimming and diving is at a ten-year high. This year's three first-year programs - Salem International University, University of the Ozarks and McKendree University - posted the first or second highest GPA among their Division.
The Ivy League led Division I men's programs with Harvard, Dartmouth and Brown taking the top three spots. Harvard led with a 3.57 GPA. In Division II Urbana College's 3.69 edged Salem International by 0.02. Bridgeport was third with a 3.60. In Division III the University of the Ozarks tied Vassar College with NAIA and NJCAA men's teams respectively.
About the CSCAA:
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming and Diving 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.