MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's and women's swimming & diving programs earned Scholar All-America team honors for the 2017 fall semester on Monday, as announced by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
A total of 688 teams received the achievement, which required a minimum cumulative team GPA of 3.0 during the fall semester.
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On the men's side, the Cardinals ranked 21st among all Division III schools and checked in first overall within the ultra-competitive NESCAC with a 3.39 team GPA. The women's team compiled an astounding 3.51 GPA, which was the second highest in the NESCAC and the 36th best among Division III programs across the country.
Wesleyan men's and women's swimming & diving head coach Peter Solomon always talks about the importance of coaching well-rounded student-athletes, who represent the institution in the best possible ways in and out of the water. This award brings a big smile to his face.
"Both the men's and the women's team have consistently been in the top-tier academically, within our conference, but this is the first time in my tenure that either team has held the highest team GPA in the NESCAC," Solomon said. "It is a tribute to how hard they work, both in and out of the pool. I cannot think of a better way to represent the university, this department, and our swimming & diving program."
Wesleyan has also received strong leadership during the 2017-18 year from assistant coaches Ethan Cooke and Devon O'Nalty. Senior captains Lauren Conte, Zoe Kerrich, Emily Kessler and Corinne Noonan have led the women's team, and on the men's side, senior captains Max Distler and Karl Ortegon have been great role models.
"I couldn't be more proud of this team," Solomon said. "The group continues to reflect all the values of what it means to be successful student-athletes here at Wesleyan and in the NESCAC."