The list of All-Americans from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is a list of those athletes who have reached the pinnacle of their sport and achieved excellence. The teams are selected based on the overall finish at the NCAA meet for swimmers across all divisions. The “teams” of the All-American list are divided into First Team and Honorable Mention. First team in this case refers to an athlete who has finished in the top 8 at the NCAA meet. Honorable Mention applies to those athletes who finished 9th to 16th at the NCAA meet. The maximum number of All-American certificates an athlete can earn at one NCAA meet is 7 (three individual events and four relays), making the “perfect” four years at college one that ends with the maximum of 28 All-American certificates.
On the men’s side of things, the top four teams were Kenyon, Denison, Emory and Johns Hopkins. Here is how their teams stacked up with First Team and Honorable Mention athletes:
- Kenyon: 18 at NCAAs: 14 First Team, 3 Honorable Mention
- Denison: 18 at NCAAs: 11 First Team, 6 Honorable Mention
- Emory:14 at NCAAs: 6 First Team, 2 Honorable Mention
- Johns Hopkins: 9 at NCAAs: 7 First Team
On the women’s side, Emory lead from the start to the conclusion of the meet. Finishing in second was Kenyon with Johns Hopkins in third and Denison fourth. Here’s how those teams looked with First Team and Honorable Mentions:
- Emory: 18 at NCAAs: 16 First Team, 2 Honorable Mention
- Kenyon: 18 at NCAAs: 12 First Team, 3 Honorable Mention
- Johns Hopkins: 12 at NCAAs: 11 First Team, 1 Honorable Mention
- Denison: 13 at NCAAs: 10 First Team, 2 Honorable Mention
Clearly there’s a big correlation between getting most of your NCAA team onto the All-American list and coming in high on the score sheet.
Here’s the comprehensive list of the Men’s Divison III All-Americans alphabetically by last name. And here’s the comprehensive list of the Women’s Division III All-American, also in alphabetical order by last name.