DAVIS, Calif. -- Enjoying success in the pool and in the classroom, the UC Davis women's swimming and diving team was one of a record 720 squads representing 443 institutions across all divisions to be named to the list of College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Teams for the 2017 spring semester, the organization announced on Wednesday.
It marks the eighth consecutive term that the Aggies have been honored for their work in the classroom by the CSCAA, an award that is presented twice annually, once in the fall and, again, in the semester/term of the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA swimming and diving championships. To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the spring term, a mark UC Davis easily eclipsed with their team GPA of 3.28 in that span -- up from 3.22 in the fall.
Five of the seven members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation earned spots on the list as the Aggies posted the second-highest team GPA of the group behind only Hawai'i (3.41), while Pacific (3.26), San Diego (3.21), and UC Santa Barbara (3.18), also made the honor roll.
The list comes just two months after UC Davis placed 17 individuals on the MPSF All-Academic Team, tying conference rival BYU for the most in the league. Seniors Kaitlin Leung, Marrisa LaFreniere, Kirsten Brand, and Elise Roberts, all earned the award for the third time in their careers, while juniors Robin Lampron, Angelina Proshak, Aislinn Dresel, Elise Wright, Ani Vemury, Angelica Nowack, Jordan Owyoung, and Ali Sena, all repeated their honors from a season ago.
Senior Marissa Brown, along with sophomores Eva Chung, Mia Facey, Shaifali Goyal, and Kristin Schumann, were all named to the team for the first time in their careers.
Brown University took home top CSCAA honors on the women's side with a 3.77 GPA, while Harvard was tops on the men's side with its 3.57 GPA. A complete list of honored programs is available at http://www.cscaa.org/news/2017614/over-700-teams-recognized-for-grades.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America -is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.