Norfolk, VA – The UMBC women'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. 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.
Among women's teams Brown University (3.77) bested Northern Iowa and South Carolina by just 0.06. In Division II, McKendree University's four-woman squad posted a perfect 4.00 to lead the way. Adelphi ranked second in front of LIU Post and Urbana. Connecticut College's women posted a 3.73, just 0.01 ahead of Saint Catherine University. Chatham and Pomona-Pitzer tied for third with 3.67 GPAs. In the NAIA Tabor College led the way with a 3.61 while the Fashion Institute of Technology earned a 3.34 to lead all Junior Colleges.