OXFORD, Ohio—Behind strong academic performances in the classrooms this spring, both Miami University swimming and diving programs have been recognized as Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), the organization announced Tuesday morning.
The RedHawk men’s swimming and diving program ranked among the top 10 Division I programs with a combined spring GPA of 3.40. Miami’s women’s swimming and diving program amassed a combined spring GPA of 3.51 to rank among the top 35 Division I programs.
The CSCAA also selected a record 810 swimmers and divers to its Scholar All-America Team with an additional 1,078 swimmers earning Honorable Mention accolades.
Junior breaststroke specialist Evan Bader and junior diver Andrew Fryman captured Honorable Mention honors. Bader, who also earned Third-Team Capital One Academic All-America distinction from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), owns a 3.99 grade-point average and is a double major in chemical engineering and chemistry. Fryman owns a 3.64 grade-point average and majors in bioengineering.
To be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable Mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a “B” time standard or competed at their respective qualifying meets.
The CSCAA designated a record 406 collegiate swimming and diving programs as Scholar All-America Teams. The recognition comes as a result of the programs’ classroom performance in the past semester. It is the first time in the program’s 30-plus-year history of the program that more than 600 teams, representing 406 institutions received the designation.
Nearly 70 percent of all NCAA swimming and diving programs earned GPA’s of 3.0 or higher during the spring semester, including 83 percent of all Division I schools. The announcement comes on the heels of a NCAA report on the Academic Progress Rate of Division I sports. That report showed that Division I men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams posted the second-highest Academic Progress Rates (APR) among those sports with 50 or more teams.
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.
Swimming news courtesy of Miami Unoversity (OH) Swimming & Diving.