COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has selected the Southern Virginia University men's and women's swimming teams for Scholar All-American honors. Southern Virginia was one of 461 schools to receive the award for the Spring semester. Teams were selected based on their Spring grade point averages and represent 17,982 student-athletes.
In just their first season, both program's set a high-standard in the classroom as well as a strong inaugural season in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart mentioned the efforts of Coach Moore, noting that "No team was unaffected by this Spring's pandemic. But Athletic Director Dryden and President Wilcox can and should be proud of their team and the work of Jennifer."
Additional institutional adjustments to grading systems resulted in GPAs nearly one-quarter letter grade higher than previously. As a result, the CSCAA will not be publishing team GPAs. This Semester's list also does not include teams at institutions that switched entirely to pass/fail grading.
Nine teams earned the honor for the first time. These include men's teams at Anderson University, Eastern Connecticut, Lynchburg, Montevallo, and Saint Joseph's (CT). Women's team earning the award for the first time include Bethel University (IN) and George Fox.
Sadly, at least three programs may see their string of academic success cut short by impending cuts. East Carolina University had earned the honor for at least the past twenty-six consecutive semesters. During that streak, which began in the Rick Kobe era, the Pirates averaged a 3.28 GPA. The University of Connecticut men had likewise been named to the honor roll in seven of the past eight semesters. The Huskies have compiled an average of 3.16 under Chris Maiello's tenure.
Individual Scholar All-America selections will be announced next week.
About the CSCAA
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.
Full CSCAA release here.