FGCU Swimming and Diving Receives National Academic Honor
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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The Eagles excel in the classroom as well as in the pool.
The Eagles excel in the classroom as well as in the pool.

The FGCU Swimming and Diving Team was named an Academic All-American Swimming and Diving Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

“It is great to have some individuals that are academic All-American’s but to be named as an Academic All-American Team was really a thrill for us,” said head coach Neil Studd. “This award was for last year when only two girls on the team were not freshman. For such a young team they are very mature and diligent in their studies. As a staff we are constantly talking to them about what it means to be a great student-athlete, remembering student comes first!”

The first year program made quite a splash when they were ranked nationally in the very first semester and ended the year 18th in the division one mid-major poll. The Eagles were the top Atlantic Sun team in the CCSA conference championships and narrowly missed the overall victory. “All of the pool success is great,” Studd said. “But what matters for these young ladies’ future are their academics, and I am very excited we made this prestigious list. It shows parents and future Eagles we really mean it when we say academics are important here at FGCU Swimming and Diving.”

Dan Jimar, a volunteer assistant who also helps tutor athletes and run study hall, added, “We are working hard to create a successful environment in and out of the pool. We have many resources at FGCU to help all the students; they just need to ask for the help.” Three members of the team got straight A’s in the spring semester: Taylor Cooke, Viktoria Hyddmark and Captain Katie Oke. The team had a 3.18 Grade Point Average to earn the honor.

After a victory against in-state rival FAU, the team hopes to continue its success in the pool with their first home meet of the season against conference foe Campbell University this Saturday at the FGCU Aquatics center at 11am.