FGCU Earns 11th Straight CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Award
By George Nunnelley
NORFOLK, Va. – For the 11th straight semester, the FGCU swimming and diving team was named to the list of 2016 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Spring Scholar All-America Teams, as announced by CSCAA officials Wednesday morning.
“We’re excited to see the ladies continue to perform well not only in the pool, but also in the classroom,” said FGCU head coach Neal Studd. “They truly embody what it means to be a student-athlete, and I’m very proud of their hard work in everything they do.”
The Scholar All-America Team award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams that have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the respective semesters. With 658 Division I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA men’s and women’s programs recognized on this spring’s list – more than 100 teams higher than the fall – it marks only the second time in the more than 30-year history of the award that more than 600 teams have been recognized.
The Green and Blue continued its streak with the 11th-straight semester of earning the distinction after posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.27 during the spring. FGCU was joined by four other CCSA women’s programs as Gardner-Webb (3.56), Georgia Southern (3.34), Liberty (3.33) and UNC-Asheville (3.40) also made the list.
The Eagles’ success in the classroom was once again matched by their performance in the pool as they claimed their seventh CCSA Conference Championship in an eight-year span in February. FGCU posted a record-setting 1,670 points and outscored runner-up Liberty by more than 300 en route to its conference championship. The Green and Blue matched a program record for dual-meet wins in a single season (12), previously recorded in 2009-10, and defeated a quartet of nationally-ranked opponents in No. 31 FSU (220.5-132.5), No. 35 Boise State (159-140), No. 37 Notre Dame (158-104) and No. 44 Utah (165-135). Additionally, after clocking five school-record times at the Georgia Tech Invite, the team achieved its highest ranking in program history as CollegeSwimming.com tabbed the Eagles No. 19 in the country.
Click here or on the link above for a complete listing of 2016 CSCAA Spring Scholar All-American Teams.
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