(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) - Amidst the turbulence of the COVID pandemic, collegiate swimmers and divers showed impressive academic resilience. More than 450 institutions were named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America's Scholar All-America team for grades posted for the Fall 2020 semester.
The MIT men boasted the nation's highest GPA across all divisions with a 3.90 team average. The Michigan State Spartans led all women's teams with a 3.87.
The Red Devil women were recognized for the 53rd consecutive semester under first-year Head Coach Katie McArdle. The men's program has also been consistently on the list, receiving its 51st honor in the past 53 semesters. With a combined 3.61 the women's team produced the highest fall semester GPA in the past decade and the second highest over the course of the past 19 semesters. A number of student-athletes posted career-high semester GPA's while four swimmers had marks of 4.0. The seniors showed great leadership with the top GPA as a class.
Combining for a 3.31 the men's program had the highest team GPA for the fall semester since 2014. They also had the third-best GPA over the past 19 semesters while a number of returning swimmers either matched or had their highest semester GPA as individuals. The juniors led the way, combining for the top GPA by a class.
This accompishment is a great tribute to the commitment of these programs. Despite being unable to compete athletically, they continue to strive for success in the classroom.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), is the nation's first organization of college coaches. The mission of the CSCAA is to advance the sport of swimming and diving with coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy, and professional development.