Kentucky Women Lead CSCAA Academic Team Scholar Awards With Astonishing Team GPA

  0 Braden Keith | July 10th, 2014 | AAC, ACC, Big 12, College, Featured, Ivy League, NCAA Division I Mid-Major, Pac-12, SEC

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Edit: a previous version of this article stated that Minnesota got a 3.86, which was the number released by the CSCAA. An Academic adviser for Minnesota confirms that it was a 3.386.

The College Swim Coaches Association (CSCAA) has announced their 2014 Spring Scholar All-America Team Awards, recognizing the women’s programs who achieved an average GPA of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) in the most recent semester, and it is Lars Joregnsen’s Kentucky team who leads the way.

Their impressive 3.72 GPA, confirmed by head coach Lars Jorgensen, means that of the 24 swimmers listed on Kentucky’s roster for the 2013-2014 season, if they averaged about 4.5 classes each, they got about 93 A’s and just 15 B’s. That’s an impressive ratio.

The only team to finish both semesters in the top 5 GPA’s in the country is the Alabama women, who had the leading GPA (3.60) in the fall and the 3rd-ranked GPA (3.65) in the spring. That’s noteworthy, because often times academic advisers for college athletics (both in swimming and outside of swimming) will unbalance classes between semesters to help athletes better manage their academic versus athletic loads. For example, many programs will have swimmers take their more challenging classes in the fall because there is significantly more class time missed in the spring for championship meets. Excelling academically in both semesters, therefore, shows year-round dedication to the academic cause.

As for the teams that really strutted in both the classroom and the pool, here are those teams that finished in the top 10 at the 2014 NCAA Championships and also had a team GPA above 3.0:

  1. Georgia (3.37, #63)
  2. Stanford (3.27, #106)
  3. Cal (3.27, #106)
  4. Texas A&M (3.22, #121)
  5. USC (3.26, #110)
  6. Florida (3.29, #101)
  7. Tennessee (3.44, #40)
  8. Arizona (3.41, #48)
  9. Texas (3.18, #131)
  10. Minnesota (3.38, #61)

In all, the top 25 teams from the 2014 NCAA Championships achieved over a 3.0 GPA, as did 150 out of 198 women’s Division I programs. Swimmers are setting the academic bar high.

DivisonGenderGPAInstitutionCoach
     
1Women3.72KentuckyLars Jorgensen
1Women3.68Arkansas, Little RockAmy Burgess
1Women3.65AlabamaDennis Pursley
1Women3.61New MexicoKunio Kono
1Women3.59Illinois StateSteve Paska
1Women3.59UNLVJim Reitz
1Women3.58FairfieldWilliam Farley
1Women3.58Northern ArizonaAndy Johns
1Women3.58Southern IllinoisRick Walker
1Women3.57Northern ColoradoKelly McClanahan
1Women3.55North TexasBrendon Bray
1Women3.53ArkansasSean Schimmel
1Women3.53Ball StateKristy Castillo
1Women3.53TulaneKatie Robinson
1Women3.52AmericanMark Davin
1Women3.51New HampshireJosh Willman
1Women3.51Penn StateTim Murphy
1Women3.51ToledoChris Peters
1Women3.50YaleJim Henry
1Women3.49Bowling GreenPetra Martin
1Women3.49EvansvilleRickey Perkins
1Women3.49Grand CanyonSteve Schaffer
1Women3.48Boise StateKristin Hill
1Women3.48ButlerMaurice Stewart
1Women3.48DartmouthJim Wilson
1Women3.48Gardner-WebbMike Simpson
1Women3.47ClemsonL. Hasselbach Adams
1Women3.47DrexelAdam Braun
1Women3.47IllinoisSue Novitsky
1Women3.47IonaNick Cavataro
1Women3.47Northern IowaDoug Humphrey
1Women3.47South Dakota StateBrad Erickson
1Women3.47VillanovaRick Simpson
1Women3.46George WashingtonDan Rhinehart
1Women3.46Miami (OH)Mark Davis
1Women3.46West VirginiaVictor Riggs
1Women3.45DukeDan Colella
1Women3.45GeorgetownJames Holder
1Women3.45TowsonPatrick Mead
1Women3.44HarvardS. Wriede-Morawski
1Women3.44TennesseeMatt Kredich
1Women3.43DenverBrian Schrader
1Women3.43North DakotaChristopher Maiello
1Women3.43RiceSeth Huston
1Women3.43WisconsinWhitney Hite
1Women3.42BrownPeter Brown
1Women3.42Texas ChristianRichard Sybesma
1Women3.41ArizonaRick DeMont
1Women3.40BucknellDan Schinnerer
1Women3.40U MASS, AmherstBob Newcomb
1Women3.40Michigan StateMatt Gianiodis
1Women3.40PurdueJohn Klinge
1Women3.40SienaPaul Kueterman
1Women3.40Southern MethodistSteve Collins
1Women3.40William and MaryMatt Crispino
1Women3.39DavidsonJohn Young
1Women3.39Eastern MichiganPeter Linn
1Women3.39IUPUIMatt Bos
1Women3.39Seton HallRon Farina
1Women3.39XavierBrent MacDonald
1Women3.38MinnesotaKelly Kremer
1Women3.38CornellJoe Lucia
1Women3.38Washington StateTom Jager
1Women3.37Arizona StateDorsey Tierney-Walker
1Women3.37GeorgiaHarvey Humphries
1Women3.37New Mexico StateRichard Pratt
1Women3.37OaklandPete Hovland
1Women3.37PittsburghChuck Knoles
1Women3.37RiderStephen Fletcher
1Women3.37VirginiaAugie Busch
1Women3.36AkronBrian Peresie
1Women3.36BostonThomas Groden
1Women3.36MaristLarry Van Wagner
1Women3.36MissouriGreg Rhodenbaugh
1Women3.36NiagaraBen Nigro
1Women3.36RichmondMatthew Barany
1Women3.36Virginia TechNed Skinner
1Women3.35Georgia SouthernNate Kellogg
1Women3.35La SalleMatthew Nunnally
1Women3.35MarshallBill Tramel
1Women3.35UMBCChad Cradock
1Women3.34Mount St. Mary’sNeil Yost
1Women3.34Ohio StateBill Dorenkott
1Women3.34ProvidenceJohn O’Neill
1Women3.34SeattleCraig Nisgor
1Women3.34VermontGerry Cournoyer
1Women3.34Western KentuckyBruce Marchionda
1Women3.33CampbellPascal Molinard
1Women3.32Florida Gulf CoastNeal Studd
1Women3.32Loyola MarymountBonnie Adair
1Women3.32Miami (FL)Andy Kershaw
1Women3.32Missouri StateDave Collins
1Women3.32Rhode IslandMichael Westkott
1Women3.32RutgersPhil Spiniello
1Women3.32San Jose StateSage Hopkins
1Women3.31KansasClark Campbell
1Women3.31LafayetteJames Dailey
1Women3.31NorthwesternJimmy Tierney
1Women3.30Fresno StateJeanne Fleck
1Women3.30Illinois at ChicagoSusan Bromberg
1Women3.30Saint Francis (PA)Rory Coleman
1Women3.29CanisiusScott Vanderzell
1Women3.29East CarolinaRick Kobe
1Women3.29FloridaGregg Troy
1Women3.29FordhamStephen Potsklan
1Women3.28IowaMarc Long
1Women3.27CaliforniaTeri McKeever
1Women3.27Loyola (MD)Brian Loeffler
1Women3.27South DakotaJason Mahowald
1Women3.27StanfordGregory Meehan
1Women3.26PrincetonSusan Teeter
1Women3.26Univ. of San DiegoMike Keeler
1Women3.26Southern CaliforniaDave Salo
1Women3.26UtahJoe Dykstra
1Women3.25Georgia TechCourtney Hart
1Women3.25IndianaRay Looze
1Women3.23HawaiiVictor Wales
1Women3.23MichiganMike Bottom
1Women3.23NC StateBraden Holloway
 Women3.23PepperdineNick Rodionoff
1Women3.22Brigham YoungJohn Brooks
1Women3.22ConnecticutBob Goldberg
1Women3.22Texas A&MSteve Bultman
1Women3.21Central ConnecticutBill Ball
1Women3.21IdahoMark Sowa
1Women3.21James MadisonDane Pedersen
1Women3.21PennMichael Schnur
1Women3.20HoustonRich Murphy
1Women3.20LouisvilleArthur Albiero
1Women3.20Notre DameBrian Barnes
1Women3.19UCLACyndi Gallagher
1Women3.18Iowa StateDuane Sorenson
1Women3.18TexasCarol Capitani
1Women3.17North CarolinaRich DeSelm
1Women3.16DuquesneDavid Sheets
1Women3.16San Diego StateMike Shrader
1Women3.16VanderbiltJeremy Organ
1Women3.15AuburnBrett Hawke
1Women3.14Cleveland StatePaul Graham
1Women3.14ManhattanWalter Olsewski
1Women3.13UC Santa BarbaraGregg Wilson
1Women3.13Florida InternationalRandy Horner
1Women3.13Oregon StateLarry Liebowitz
1Women3.12BuffaloAndy Bashor
1Women3.12UNC, AshevilleElizabeth Lykins
1Women3.11WyomingTom Johnson
1Women3.09LibertyJake Shellenberger
1Women3.09Old DominionCarol Withus
1Women3.04UC DavisBarbara Jahn
1Women3.03Colorado StateC. Woodard

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