COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams both earned College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America team awards on Tuesday, with the men registering the second-highest cumulative grade-point average among NCAA Division II programs for the spring semester of the 2017-18 school year. They also turned the feat during the fall term.
Saint Michael's was one of 44 Division II institutions whose men's and women's programs both earned a CSCAA Scholar All-America team award. The men posted a 3.57 GPA, behind only Northeast-10 Conference counterpart Adelphi University (3.64), while the women tied for 17th nationally at 3.58 with Saint Cloud State (Minn.) University.
The Purple Knight women drew the CSCAA Scholar All-America team honor for the 10th time in 11 cycles, and the men were lauded for the sixth time in the past seven semesters. Both teams were amid their eighth seasons under head coach Eileen Hall, as Saint Michael's joined Bentley University as the only New England schools to have both squads land CSCAA Scholar All-America awards. Teams with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the spring were lauded with the accolade.
The Purple Knight were among 45 Division II teams with a 3.0 GPA this past semester, while the women were among 73. On the women's side, seven NE10 programs qualified for the honor, as did four from New England. Four men's teams from the NE10 earned the accolade, among them two from the region.
The CSCAA Scholar All-America team award has been distributed each semester since the beginning of the 2013-14 school year after previously being an annual honor. For complete listings of award winners, visit CSCAA.org.