FORT MYERS, Fla. – The four-time defending Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) champion FGCU women’s swimming & diving program backed up their work in the pool with their work in the classroom in 2011-12, evident by its recent Team Scholar All-America award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
Along with contributing to the team honor, freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) also earned an Individual Scholar All-America award. 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, while the individual distinction is presented to swimmers and divers, who achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher for the semester, and qualified for their respective national championship.
A total of six teams from the CCSA – up one from 2011 – were represented on the Team Scholar All-America list, as the Green and Blue’s 3.4 team GPA was second in the conference and tied for 36th – up five spots from 2011 – in the nation. FGCU has earned the recognition in each of its five years of existence.
“I am delighted that our team is once again scholar All-Americans,” said head coach Neal Studd, who is currently in London serving as the Olympic coach of St. Lucia. “Achieving this honor is one of our core values and goals of our program. The girls do a great job of balancing their athletics with academics. I hope this excellence carries on with our incoming class because they have a high standard to live up to.”
FGCU picked up its fourth consecutive CCSA title in 2012, defeating the field by 301.5 points. At the CCSA meeting, the Eagles picked up 10 gold medals, nine silver, eight bronze and won three of five relays. The Green and Blue also saw 28 student-athletes make the CCSA All-Academic team for holding a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Svensson, who holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in economics, was selected as a Mid-Major All-American by CollegeSwimming.com after qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Championships in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back. Svensson had a memorable CCSA Championship, earning the Most Outstanding Female Freshman Performer of the Meet award en route to helping the Eagles with their fourth consecutive team crown. She placed first in the 100 back (54.20) and second place in both the 50-yard free (22.87) and the 100-yard free (50.03). Svensson also led the conference with four CCSA Swimmer of the Week awards.
“Emma exemplifies what we want in a student-athlete,” Studd said. “She does everything right and she does it day in and day out. Not only is she a great student and a great athlete, she is a pleasure to coach and a phenomenal teammate.”