Missouri Rolla Men, Fairmont State Women Lead NCAA Division II Academic All-America Teams

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, April 13. THE men of the University of Missouri Rolla and the women of Fairmont State University topped the NCAA Division II Team Academic All-America rankings for the Fall 2005-06 term, according to statistics released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

In all, some 25 Div. II women’s teams and 14 men’s teams met the minimum 2.80 team grade point average requirement. Nine men’s and 20 women’s teams averaged 3.00 or higher.

MEN

Missouri Rolla’s men, coached by Doug Grooms, topped all Div. II men’s teams with a 3.45 gpa. Wheeling Jesuit University, coached by Jeff Stewart, was second at 3.41, followed by Ouachita Baptist University, coached by Jim Dann, at 3.23. Rounding out the top five were Minnesota State University (coached by Nathan Owens), fourth at 3.15 and the University of Indianapolis (coached by Gary Kinkead), fifth at 3.12.

Among the NCAA’s top 10 Div. II teams, three also earned Academic All-America honors: Ouachita Baptist (3.23), Missouri Rolla (3.45), and Delta State (2.82).

WOMEN

The women of Fairmont State, coached by Patrick Snively, scored the highest gpa in Div. II at 3.58. Wingate University, coached by Kurt Sanocki, was second with 3.48. Jeff Stewart’s women’s team at Wheeling Jesuit was third at 3.42, as WJU’s men and women were academically the best combined team in Div. II.

Tied for fourth place at 3.30 were St. Cloud State University, coached by Jeff Hegle and Truman State University, coached by Mark Gole..

Among the NCAA’s top 10 Div. II teams, five also earned Academic All-America honors: Truman State (3.30), University of Nebraska, Omaha (3.10), Ouachita Baptist (3.25), University of South Dakota (3.16), and University of Indianapolis (3.29).

The complete list of Division II Academic All-America teams follows:

Division II Men
GPA School Coach
3.45 University of Missouri Rolla Doug Grooms
3.41 Wheeling Jesuit University Jeff Stewart
3.23 Ouachita Baptist University Jim Dann
3.15 Minnesota State University Nathan Owens
3.12 University of Indianapolis Gary Kinkead
3.11 Ashland University Paul Graham
3.04 Seattle University Craig Mallery
3.04 Truman State University Mark Gole
3.00 Grand Valley State University Dewey Newsome
2.99 Wingate University Kirk Sanocki
2.96 Fairmont State University Patrick Snively
2.88 Colorado School of Mines David Hughes
2.87 St. Cloud State University Jeff Hegle
2.82 Delta State University Brian Hein

Division II Women
GPA School Coach
3.58 Fairmont State University Patrick Snively
3.48 Wingate University Kirk Sanocki
3.42 Wheeling Jesuit University Jeff Stewart
3.30 St. Cloud State University Jeff Hegle
3.30 Truman State University Mark Gole
3.29 University of Indianapolis Gary Kinkead
3.27 Henderson State University Cook Matthews
3.27 Seattle University Craig Mallery
3.25 Ouachita Baptist University Jim Dann
3.24 Hillsdale College MaryAnne Gerzanick
3.23 Colorado School of Mines Daivd Hughes
3.22 Grand Valley State University Dewey Newsome
3.22 University of Bridgeport Brad Flood
3.21 University of Findlay Wayne Norris
3.16 University of South Dakota Jason Mahowald
3.13 California University of Penn. Ed Denny
3.10 Ashland University Paul Graham
3.10 University of Nebraska, Omaha Todd Samland
3.09 Southern Connecticut State Univ Timothy Quill
3.07 Delta State University Brian Hein
2.99 Edinboro University Chris Rhodes
2.93 Lock Haven University of Penn. Andrew Waeyer
2.92 Clarion University Mark VanDyke
2.92 Calif. State Univ.-Bakersfield Pat Skehan
2.91 Catawba College Betsy Graham

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