CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami swimming & diving program was recognized for excellence in the classroom this week, earning Scholar All-America Team designation from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
In addition, seven student-athletes were recognized as CSCAA Scholar All-Americans.
Miami’s team GPA of 3.37 was the fourth-highest in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“This is one of the things that makes me the most proud of our student-athletes,” head swimming coach Andy Kershaw said. “This is the epitome of why we’re here and what we do, and it shows that these young women are being prepared to be leaders in our society – because they’re taking care of business at the highest level in the classroom.”
Divers Cheyenne Cousineau, Thea Vock and Wally Layland earned Scholar All-America recognition, while swimmers Heather Arseth, Julia Schippert, Ksenia Yuskova and My Fridell earned Honorable Mention All-America recognition.
The honors marked the second individual recognition for both Cousineau and Vock, who were named to the All-ACC Academic team earlier this spring.
“To have seven individual Academic All-Americans is just tremendous,” Kershaw said. “For these women to be able to manage their time and combine both academics and athletics at such a high level, in such a demanding sport and at a top-end university like the University of Miami, is just another feather in their caps.”
To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the spring semester.
“I think that this is a great indication of where our team is and where it’s headed,” Kershaw said. “This group really has a great mindset, and they have their priorities in line and they are focused in the right way.”
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America -is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.
Swimming news courtesy of Miami Swimming & Diving.