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.
In total, 720 teams, representing 443 institutions achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the Spring 2017 Semester.
Two of those teams were the West Virginia Wesleyan men's and women's swimming programs.
The men's team posted a 3.51 GPA while the women were right behind with a 3.50 GPA.
This is the 12th semester since head coach April Gitzen took over the program in 2001 that they have been recognized by the CSCAA.
"This semester alone, we had six swimmers on the President's List with a 4.0 GPA, 11 on the Dean's List and 90 percent of the team achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher," remarked Gitzen.
Landing on the Dean's List: were: Julian Morassi, Jeff McNeill, Camilla Brizzi, Scott Heckathorn, Dylan Ringer, Dan Williams, Hunter Lowe, Logan Knoyer, Norman Cole, Corey Johnston and Justine Bledsoe.
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 ten-year high.