COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has selected a record 713 teams from 460 institutions to the Scholar All-America Team for the Fall 2018 semester. The teams were selected by the CSCAA's Scholar All-America committee on the basis of their Fall grade point averages and represent 16,502 student-athletes.
Thirty-three teams achieved Scholar All-America status for the first time, reflecting the continued growth of swimming and diving. "The narrative is that swimming and diving is on the decline, but in reality, colleges and universities have added 100 teams since 2015," according to CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart. "Presidents and athletic directors recognize that swimmers and divers are excellent students and ambassadors for their institutions."
To earn Scholar All-America Team Fall Semester honors teams were required to post a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the Fall Semester and maintain a roster of 12 or more student-athletes.
Eph head coach Steve Kuster saw both his men's and women's teams earn Scholar All-America Team Fall semester honors with the men recording a team GPA of 3.45 and the women achieving a 3.75 team GPA. The Eph women's team tied with St. Catherine's with the highest team GPA in NCAA DIII.
Both Eph teams excelled in school and the pool as well as the Ephs are also ranked in the CSCAA TYR Top 25 national rankings.
Members of the CSCAA Scholar All-America Committee include Paul Richards, Chair (Dickinson), Brent Summers (Willamette), Gwynn Harrison (Bridgewater), Hollie Bonewit-Cron (Miami-OH), Jason Hite (Indianapolis), Jonathan Jordan (Lincoln College), Jerod Simek (Truman State), Milania Socha (Dartmouth), Nikki Rosen (Davis & Elkins), RC Weston (Alfred State).
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – 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.