Lynn Swimming Maintains Academic Excellence
by Chad Beattie
Essex Fells, N.J. – Lynn University’s swimming success in 2014-15 was great in the pool and matched once again in the classroom. The Fighting Knights were named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team for the fourth consecutive semester as announced on Tuesday.
Lynn boasted the second-highest team grade point average (3.65) among all NCAA Division II institutions, and the highest among all seven Sunshine State Conference members. Overall, the Blue & White posted the 10th-best GPA among Division I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA schools.
A record 406 collegiate swimming and diving programs were designated as CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams, representing nearly 70 percent of all NCAA swimming and diving programs. To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a GPA of 3.00 or higher over the Spring Semester. This is the first time in the 30+ year history of the program that more than 600 teams, representing 406 institutions received designation.
Mills College (Division III) women’s swimming posted the highest GPA in the nation at 3.72 followed by Emmanuel (Division II) women’s swimming at 3.71 and Eastern Illinois’ women’s swimming team (Division I) at 3.70. The Fighting Knights program topped notable schools such as Yale (3.59), Purdue (3.59), Penn State (3.58), Alabama (3.56), Dartmouth (3.55), Cornell (3.49) and Harvard (3.49).
Joining Lynn was Saint Leo (6th-3.59), Florida Tech (7th-3.55), Florida Southern (12th-3.48), Rollins (T-33rd-3.35), Tampa (T-54th-3.14) and NSU (58th-3.07) at the Division II level.
The Fighting Knights’ third-year program reached new heights in 2014-15, winning a program-best seven medals at the SSC Championship, having Rebecca Matthews named SSC Championship Swimmer of the Meet and Swimmer of the Year and winning two individual national championships and the team placing 16th at nationals.
Florida Swim Network