PHOENIX, Arizona, October 8. SOME 115 Division III college swimming and diving teams – 70 women's teams and 45 men's — were honored for academic success for the Spring 2008 semester, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced today.
"We are absolutely delighted with the performance of our Division III student-athletes," commented Coach Sean Tedesco of the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy. "It is especially gratifying when you consider that we raised the minimum academic performance threshold this year from 2.80 to 3.00."
Mount Holyoke College, an all-women's school in Massachusetts, coached by David Allen, topped the women's rankings with a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.590. Close behind were Olivet (3.574) and NYU (3.540). In all, six women's teams posted GPA's over 3.500.
Colorado College, coached by former CSCAA president Ann Goodman James, topped the men's ranking with a 3.508 GPA, just edging Washington & Lee, coached by present CSCAA secretary, Joel Shinofield, at 3.480. Ohio Wesleyan was third at 3.400.
Colorado College also led the combined women's and men's rankings with a score of 3.474, just ahead of NYU (3.450) and Washington & Lee (3.444). The top ten combined teams are listed immediately below.
A total of 85 Division III student-athletes – 43 women and 42 men – met the stringent academic and athletic requirements – a GPA of 3.500 or better and qualifying for the NCAA championships – to earn individual honors. Eight women and six men had perfect 4.00 grade point averages.
Special thanks to the CSCAA for contributing this report.
Click here for complete listing of Division III teams and individual honored.