NORFOLK, VA — The Pomona-Pitzer Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams both earned College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America recognition after finishing the spring semester with some of the top team grade point averages in the nation.
The women's team finished the year tied for the third best GPA at 3.67, while the men finished fourth with a team GPA of 3.63.
"It is really quite remarkable what our swimmers and divers accomplished this year," said Swimming and Diving Head Coach Jean-Paul Gowdy. "To have finished as one of the top teams in the country both in the pool and the classroom is a testament to the team culture of putting forth great efforts at all they do and then performing when it really counts both academically and athletically."
In addition to the overall team success in the classroom, a number of Sagehen athletes earned individual recognition for their academic achievements as well.
Athletes who achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and participated in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships were recognized as first team selections, and students who reached a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at a regional or zone qualifying meet were recognized as a honorable mention.
On the women's side, Erin Bigus, Sarah Jin, and Maddie Kauahi earned first team recognition, and Sabrina Kwan, Ellen Wang, and Eva Gontrum earned honorable mentions. Bigus, Jin, Kauahi, and Kwan all earned All-American honors for their accomplishments in the pool this year. Wang completed her freshman season with a trip to the NCAA Diving Regionals. All six athletes earned All-SCIAC honors.
On the men's side, eight athletes earned Scholar All-America recognition. Will Abele, Mark Hallman, Adrian Hui, Zach Senator, and Samuel To were named first team selections, and Teddy Koerner, Liam O'Shea, and Daniel To earned honorable mentions. Abele, Hallman, Hui, Senator, Samuel To and Koerner earned All-American honors for their performances at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. All eight swimmers also earned All-SCIAC honors.
For the first time in the 95-year history of the CSCAA more than 700 teams have received Scholar All-America recognition. In total, 720 teams, representing 443 institutions achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the Spring 2017 Semester.
The Pomona-Pitzer squads earned CSCAA Scholar All-America team honors for their academic success after fall semester as well.Download the Sagehen App Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram