St. Louis, Mo., July 16, 2014 – Twelve members of the Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming and diving teams earned 2014 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America honors. In addition, both programs were recognized as Scholar All-America Teams.
The Washington U. women's team had a 3.39 team GPA during the 2013-14 academic year to land the program among the 140 NCAA Division III Scholar All-America Teams on the list. The Washington University men's team was one of 92 teams on the NCAA Division III Team Scholar All-America list with a team GPA of 3.20. The Team Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. All eight University Athletic Association (UAA) schools had both their men's and women's programs receive the Team Scholar All-America honors.
Eight members of the WUSTL women's team earned Scholar All-America honors. Freshman MariMac Collins, sophomores Sophie Gan, Hannah Lillioja and Kristalyn McAfee, junior Sara Taege and senior Chi Pham each received Scholar All-America First Team honors. In addition, freshmen Connie Gan and Claire Savage were named to the Scholar All-America Honorable Mention. The Washington U. men had four individuals honored. Sophomores Reed Dalton and Kaisen Yao were each named to the Scholar All-America First Team, while freshman Reese Frerichs and sophomore RJ Petrella received Scholar All-America Honorable Mention recognition.
To be named to the Individual Scholar All-America First Team, a student-athlete must have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the semester or cumulative average, and must have competed at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The Honorable Mention Scholar All-America award is presented to student-athletes who achieved a minimum GPA of 3.50, either for the semester or cumulative average, and have achieved an NCAA 'B' time standard, but did not compete at the NCAA Championships.
The Washington U. women's swimming team placed eighth in the team standings at the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, the program's sixth top-10 finish in school history and highest finish for the Bears since 2008. The WUSTL men finished 13th overall, their eighth time finishing in the top-15.