For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
Norfolk, Va. – For the first time in the 95-year history of the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), more than 700 teams have received Scholar All-America recognition across all three divisions and included among the teams was the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's swim team.
St. Mary's posted a 3.65 team grade point average, which ranks tied for ninth with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute among the 173 Division III institutions honored by the CSCAA.
CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield cited St. Mary's success, noting: "Coach Casey Brandt again led St. Mary's to one of the nation's top GPAs." He added, "We are very fortunate to have schools like St. Mary's and people like Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Leonard Brown and Director of Athletics & Recreation Scott Devine who support these exceptional student-athletes."
In total, 720 teams, representing 443 institutions, achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the spring 2017 semester. This is the Seahawks' second CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Award under first-year head coach Casey Brandt as St. Mary's earned the same honor for the fall 2016 semester.
The Seahawks were one of five Capital Athletic Conference women's swim teams to be awarded by the CSCAA as Frostburg State University (3.14), University of Mary Washington (3.48), Salisbury University (3.45), and York College of Pennsylvania (3.39) all made the cut. However, only St. Mary's had both its men's and women's swim teams honored as Scholar All-America Teams.
About CSCAA: Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America – 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.
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