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 women registering the fifth-highest cumulative grade-point average among NCAA Division II programs for the spring semester of the 2018-19 school year. This accolade comes on the heels of the men netting the second-highest GPA in the nation during both semesters of the 2017-18 school year.
Saint Michael's was one of 51 Division II institutions whose men's and women's programs both earned a CSCAA Scholar All-America team award. The women led the Northeast-10 Conference by posting a 3.72 GPA. On the national stage, they trailed only Salem (W.Va.) University (3.81), Emmanuel (Ga.) College (3.80), Gannon (Pa.) University (3.77) and Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) University (3.76). At 3.30, the men tied for 20th with the University of Tampa (Fla.) and West Chester (Pa.) University, and were short of only Pace University (3.37) for tops in the NE10.
The Purple Knight women drew the CSCAA Scholar All-America team honor for the 11th time in 13 cycles, and the men were lauded for the seventh time in the past nine semesters. Both teams were amid their ninth seasons under head coach Eileen Hall, as Saint Michael's joined Pace and Bentley University as the only NE10 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 men were among 53 Division II teams with a 3.0 GPA this past semester, while the women were among 83. On the women's side, eight NE10 programs qualified for the honor, as did six from New England. Three men's teams from the NE10 earned the accolade, as well as three 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.