Swimming & Diving Achieves Scholar All-American Status
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Fresh off its third consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championship, the FGCU swimming and diving team learned it achieved Scholar All-American status for the fall 2010 semester with a 3.29 grade-point average (GPA) as announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

“What a thrill that we have been named Academic All-American again,” said three-time CCSA Coach of the Year Neal Studd. “Coming off a championship season it proves we work hard at everything we do, both in the pool and out. What more could a coach ask for? I am so proud of my team for putting their academics first.”

The CSCAA presents the Team Scholar All-American award to college and university swimming & diving teams that have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In total, 89 teams were named Scholar All-Americans.

FGCU picked up 13 gold medals, 11 silvers and five bronze, while winning three out of the five possible relay events en route to winning the league title by 294.5 points. Freshman Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, U.K./Royal Masonic) was honored as Co-Women’s Most Outstanding Freshman Performer of the Meet, while senior Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla./Gaither) garnered Women’s Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet for the third year.

Studd earned his third straight Women’s Coach of the Year honors and first-year diving coach Andy Goe took home Women’s Diving Coach of the Year honors.

The Eagles finished the regular season with an 11-2 dual meet record (5-0 in CCSA) and were ranked 13th in the last CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Mid-Major Division I poll. FGCU completed their third consecutive undefeated CCSA season, finishing with a 5-0 record this year. The Blue and Green are a remarkable 19-1 in CCSA competition.