CSCAA Announces 2021 Scholar All-American Individual Awards

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has named 789 swimmers and divers Scholar All-Americans for the 2020-2021 season.

This award is given to student athletes who achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and qualified to compete at their national championships.

This number is slightly more than half the 1,479 athletes who were awarded in 2020.

A total of 286 schools placed one or more individuals on the first-team or second-team.

Second-team selections, or honorable mentions, had to achieve a GPA of 3.50 or higher and a ‘B’ cut for their respective national championships. 

Texas led the nation with 23 first-team selections, one more than Keiser. 

Kentucky’s women’s program had the most first-team selections in DI, totaling 12 selections. This year they won their first-ever SEC Championships title. Texas men led all men’s Division I teams with 14 first-team selections.

Grand Valley and Queens (NC) both had 10 first-team selections to top Division II women while Indianapolis and Drury had 10 first-team selections to top Division II men.

In Division III, Denison had 10 first-team selections to lead the women and 11 selections to lead the men in a tie with Johns Hopkins.

Keiser led both men and women in the NAIA with 10 first-team selections on the women’s side and 12 selections on the men’s side. Southwestern Oregon topped the NJCAA with 14 first-team selections.

For the third consecutive season, the Southeastern Conference had the most first-team selections with 114 selections.

Ammar Hassan of Colorado Mesa was named Diver of the Year and Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil, a Canadian Olympian, was named one of two swimmers of the year alongside McKendree’s Fabio Dalu.

2021 U.S. Olympians Phoebe Bacon (Wisconsin), Brooks Curry (Louisiana State), and Drew Kibler (Texas) were also named first-team Scholar All-Americans.

Between both first-team and second-time award winners, the top three majors they are pursuing include the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field (more than 30%), Business (23%), and Social Sciences (13%), according to the CSCAA.

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2 years ago

Strong work to everyone on this list! Maintaining a 3.50 gpa while swimming 20 hours a week is impressive!

Has anyone done the math yet on which combined teams (Men and Women, first team and HM) have the most Scholar All Americans in total?

Reply to  RTR
2 years ago

Good point! Not sure why they wouldn’t be taken into account for the totals? With the reduction/cancellation many of the HM’s would have qualified during a normal selection process moving them off the HM list.

2 years ago

Kentucky on a roll!

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2 years ago

Missouri S&T with 13 student athletes named…12 engineers and 1 math major

2 years ago

What happened to Stanford Women’s Team? 0 selection? They were not in the list. On the other hand, the Stanford Men’s Team landed 22, right behind Texas. Congratulations to all who made the selection!

Last edited 2 years ago by tnp101
Reply to  tnp101
2 years ago

Also 0 in total for both Virginia teams ??

Reply to  CanSwim13
2 years ago

You have to apply to be considered. Every year we see surprising no-shows on these lists, and most (but not all) of the time, it’s because the teams didn’t apply. Sometimes that’s by choice, sometimes that’s by administrative oversight.

Reply to  tnp101
2 years ago

Maybe they didn’t join CSCAA this year??

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