FORT MYERS, Fla. – Fresh off its fourth consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championship, the FGCU swimming and diving team learned it achieved Scholar All-American status for the fall 2011 semester with a 3.41 grade-point average (GPA), announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
“This is a really great achievement,” said head coach Neal Studd. “It shows our balance between athletics and school, which both are very important to this program. The girls have a great work ethic and it shows in the pool and the classroom. I also want to thank our academic coordinator Brynn Richter, who has done a fantastic job on the academic side of things.”
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, 166 teams were named Scholar All-Americans.
“As an athletic department, we are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of our women’s swimming and diving team both in the pool and in the classroom,” said Academic Coordinator Brynn Richter. “Coach Studd and his squad have set goals for excellence and have far exceeded expectation.”
The FGCU swimming and diving team had 14 student-athletes achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher in the fall 2011 semester. Juniors Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep) and Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams/Florida), and freshmen Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) and Kathryn Brewer (Jacksonville, Fla./Creekside HS) all had perfect 4.0 GPA’s last semester.
Senior Teri Lytle (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) went seven-straight semesters with a 3.5 or better, while classmate Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park HS) had a 3.5 or better five times.
“To be one of our largest teams at FGCU and still maintain a team cumulative GPA of 3.41 is exceptional,” added Richter. “Much of the team’s success can be directly attributed to outstanding peer leadership among a cohort of upper classmen, each carrying over a 3.0 cumulative GPA individually. As the athletic academic coordinator for the team, I am honored to work with such fine women and coaches. They are smart, spirited and character-driven, which merits this recognition.”
The Eagles finished the regular season with an 11-2 dual meet record (4-0 in CCSA) and were ranked 8th in the previous CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Mid-Major Division I poll. FGCU completed their fourth consecutive undefeated CCSA season, finishing with a 5-0 record this year. The Green and Blue are a remarkable 23-1 in CCSA competition.
CSCAA Scholar All-American Team Top 25
1. University of South Carolina 3.62
2. East Carolina University 3.56
3. Clemson University 3.55
4. Iona College 3.54
5. Wagner College 3.52
6. Fairfield University 3.5
T-7. Niagara University 3.49
T-7. University of Illinois at Chicago 3.49
T-9. Saint Francis University 3.48
T-9. University of Illinois 3.48
T-11. Dartmouth College 3.45
T-11. Loyola University Maryland 3.45
T-11. University of Arkansas 3.45
T-14. Drexel University 3.44
T-14. Northern Arizona University 3.44
T-14. Penn State 3.44
17. The University of Akron 3.43
T-18. Rice University 3.42
T-18. Seattle University 3.42
T-18. Georgetown 3.42
T-18. Miami University 3.42
T-18. University of New Mexico 3.42
T-23. FGCU 3.41
T-23. Boise State University 3.41
T-23. Bowling Green State University 3.41
T-23. College of Charleston 3.41