The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has recognized nine Horizon League swimming and diving programs among its 658 swimming and diving teams as Scholar All-America teams. The recognition comes as a result of each team's classroom performance in the past semester.
It is only the second time in the program’s 30-plus year history of the program that more than 600 teams, which represent 388 colleges and universities.
"This is a welcome change to the headlines that have dominated intercollegiate athletics in recent weeks." explained CSCAA executive director Joel Shinofield, "In reality, however, this is what we've come to expect in our sport."
Shinofield singled out Division I programs, of which eighty percent earned GPA's of 3.0 or better. "These programs are the incubators of our Olympic success and they compete at the highest level at some of our most prestigious institutions," he explained. "The hard work and dedication they learn at the pool translates directly to their success in the classroom and beyond regardless of division."
Shinofield noted that the teams’ GPAs were especially impressive given the rigorous course load taken by most swimmers. A recent survey of Division I programs showed that nearly 40 percent of all female and over one-third of male swimmers and divers pursued degrees in the STEM fields.
To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the Spring semester. Top teams were recognized for both large teams (more than 22 women or 21 men) and small.
Horizon League Men’s CSCAA-recognized Teams
Cleveland State (Paul Graham, head coach) – 3.39 GPA
UIC (Tim Loeffler) – 3.08
Oakland (Pete Hovland) – 3.18
Wright State (Kyle Oaks) – 3.19
Horizon League Women’s CSCAA-recognized Teams
Cleveland State (Paul Graham) – 3.29
UIC (Tim Loeffler) – 3.13
Oakland (Pete Hovland) – 3.59
Wright State (Kyle Oaks) – 3.21
Youngstown State (Matt Anderson) – 3.52