From FGCU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. – The #34 FGCU swimming and diving program has been recognized as a 2016 College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Team for the 12th time in program history, association officials announced Wednesday morning.
With a 3.36 cumulative GPA from the fall, the Green and Blue is not only a part of a record amount of programs to earn the distinction this year, but also matches FIU for the highest GPA turned in by a Division I women’s program in Florida. Additionally, FGCU is one of eight Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) women’s teams to receive the honor as the Eagles are joined by Campbell (3.53), Gardner-Webb (3.64), Georgia Southern (3.31), Incarnate Word (3.41) Liberty, (3.33) UNC Asheville (3.33) and UNF (3.25) on the list.
“Academics are a top priority for our program,” said FGCU head coach Dave Rollins. “Of course we also focus on the competition aspect, but what our team does in the classroom sets the girls up for the rest of their lives. With five girls earning a 4.0 and an average GPA of 3.36, we are excited to be ranked at the top of all Division I programs in the state.”
FGCU continues its streak and has now earned the distinction in 12 straight semesters. The team’s GPA not only ranks above the national average (3.34), but is also its highest since turning in a 3.45 GPA during the spring 2015 semester. Bolstering the Eagles’ impressive GPA were President’s List recipients Christina Kaas Elmgreen (Charlottenlund, Denmark/Ordrup Gymnasium), Georgiana Gardner (York, Maine, York HS), Katie Latham (Deal, Kent, UK/Sir Roger Manwood’s School), Lindsay Manganiello (Miami, Fla./Coral Reef Senior HS) and Linda Shaw (Leeds, UK/Roundhay HS).
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. The current list of recipients is up 91 teams from a year ago and, like previously stated, sets a record for the nearly 100-year-old association.
WOMEN’S GPA IN FLORIDA
FGCU – 3.36
FIU – 3.36
Miami – 3.29
FAU – 3.29
UNF – 3.25
Florida – 3.23
FSU – 3.11
FGCU wraps up the regular season with a pair of dual meets next weekend. The Eagles will welcome FAU to the FGCU Aquatics Center for Senior Day Friday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m., when six Eagles including will be honored for their contributions to the FGCU program over the years. The team will then travel across the state for a dual with FIU Saturday, Jan. 28 at noon.
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HEAD COACH DAVE ROLLINS
First-year head coach Dave Rollins became the program’s second head coach in program history on Sept. 1, 2016. Most recently the associate head men’s swimming coach at The Ohio State University, Rollins brings 10 years of coaching experience at the club, high school and collegiate levels. A standout collegiate athlete in his own right, Rollins was a nine-time NCAA All-American and national champion as a member of the University of Arizona swimming & diving team from 2002-06.
SUPPORT THE CAUSE
FGCU Athletics sponsors events throughout the year to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ charities of choice. For more information, including how to make a contribution, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and utilize the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.