St. Louis, Mo., June 23, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming and diving team had 20 members earn 2016 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America honors. In addition, both programs were recognized as Scholar All-America Teams.
The women's team recorded a 3.54 grade point average during the 2015-16 academic year, while the men's team posted a 3.44 GPA.
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 their men's program receive the Team Scholar All-America honors, while seven of the eight women's teams received the accolade.
The WashU women's team had 10 earn Scholar All-American honors, including senior Katie Anderson, junior Lauren Carlos, junior MariMac Collins, senior Sophie Gan, senior Kristalyn McAfee, freshman Lauren Sapp, senior Amanda Stadermann and sophomore Nicole Zanolli, who each received Scholar All-America First Team honors. In addition, sophomore Alissa Ling and senior Toireasa Rafferty-Millett was named to the Scholar All-America Honorable Mention team.
The WashU men also had 10 individuals honored, including sophomore Ross Brown, senior Reed Dalton, junior Reese Frerichs, junior Michael Lagieski, junior Justin Morrell and freshman Kevin Van Cleave who were all named to the Scholar All-America First Team. In addition, junior Andrew Ellison, freshman Jason Hsu, junior Jacob Nason and freshman Jordan Wheeler 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 WashU women's placed seventh in the team standings at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships, while the men placed eighth. It marked the second-consecutive season and fifth time in school history that both teams have posted top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships in the same year.