St. Louis, Mo., June 22, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming and diving teams had 19 student-athletes earn 2017 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America honors, in addition to both programs being recognized as Scholar All-America Teams as announced Wednesday.
The women's team posted a 3.52 grade point average during the 2016-17 academic year, while the men's team recorded a 3.43 mark. 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.
"I'm very proud of our team's efforts in the pool and in the classroom," said head coach Brad Shively. "They are student-athletes in the truest sense and tremendous representatives of Washington University and WashU athletics."
In total, 720 teams, representing 443 institutions achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the Spring 2017 Semester. Part of the reason for the increase in award-winning teams is the overall growth of the sport. The number of men's and women's institutions sponsoring swimming and diving is at a 10-year high.
CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield noted: "Coach Shively has shown at WashU how you can balance excellence in the classroom and the pool." He added, "We are very fortunate to have schools like WashU and people like Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Interim Athletic Director Chris Peacock who support these exceptional student-athletes."
The men's team had 12 honorees earn Scholar All-American recognition, including seniors Andrew Ellison, Michael Lagieski and Justin Morrell; freshmen Chase Van Patten and Peyton Wilson with first-team honors. In addition, seniors Reese Frerichs and Jacob Nason; junior Landon Bennett; sophomores Max Cardwell and Jordan Wheeler; and freshmen Alex Bird and Andrew Oh were recognized as CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mentions.
The women had seven individuals honored, including first-team honors for seniors Lauren Carlos, MariMac Collins and Emily Ramos; and juniors Niamh O'Grady and Nicole Zanolli. Earning CSCAA Scholar Athlete Honorable Mention accolades were junior Alissa Ling and freshman Catherine Kuhn.
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 individuals who reached 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.