FORT MYERS, Fla. – The three-time defending CCSA champion FGCU women’s swimming & diving not only excels in the pool, but also in the classroom as it was awarded with a Team Scholar All-America award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
The CSCAA presents the Team Scholar All-America award to teams that achieved a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for the Spring 2011 semester.
A total of five teams from the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association were represented, as the Eagles 3.38 team GPA was second in the conference and tied for 41st in the nation. FGCU has earned the recognition in each of its four years of existence.
“I am very excited to see my girls named as an Academic All-America team for the fourth year in a row. My team really understands that they are students first and athletes second,” said head coach Neal Studd. “I, of course, am delighted to coach a group that does both so well! They work hard in and out of the pool and it is great for them to be recognized in such a manner. I hope our incoming class can continue our strong academic tradition.”
FGCU picked up its third consecutive CCSA title in 2011, defeating the field by 294.5 points. At the CCSA meeting, the Eagles picked up 13 goal medals, 11 silvers, five bronze and won three of five relays. The Green and Blue also saw 22 student-athletes make the CCSA All-Academic team for holding a 3.0 GPA or higher.
The 14-member incoming class referred to by Studd was ranked 24th in the nation amongst incoming classes according to Collegeswimming.com.