(Norfolk, Va.) – For the first time in the 95-year history of the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (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.
Part of the reason for the increase in award-winning teams is the overall growth of the sport. The number of institutions sponsoring swimming and diving is at a ten-year high. This year's three first-year programs posted the first or second highest GPA among their respective Division.
CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield feels much of the credit, however, goes to the coaches. "Our coaches understand that the essence of intercollegiate athletics is the experience each student-athlete receives, and an emphasis on academics reflects what coaches feel is most important."
Both the men and women's programs at Dickinson received the honor for the 46th consecutive semester under Head Coach Paul Richards.
Senior Sam Eaton '17 (Port Matilda, Pa./State College) led the way for the Red Devil men, earning All-Centennial Conference honors while being named the CC Men's Swimming Scholar Athlete of the Year, holding the highest GPA on the All-Conference squad. The Red Devils had five men and five women swimmers named on the Academic Honor Roll in 2017.
In addition to Eaton, seniors Sasha Jouravlev (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) and Brian Reid (Winchester, Mass./Winchester), along with junior Jake Beley (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) and sophomore Ben Shapiro (Wynnewood, Pa./Friends Central) were recognized on the CC Academic Honor Roll.
Seniors Emily Houser (Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) and Tanita Leary (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) were named to the Honor Roll, joined by juniors Samantha Holden (Garrett Park, Md./Walter Johnson) and Devon Korhammer (Easton, Pa./Moravian Academy), and sophomore Shannon Bonner (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland), representing the women's program.
To be eligible for the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll, student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.40 GPA and be at least a sophomore in academic standing.