June 25 2019 – Colorado Springs, CO – The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) has named the Westfield State University women's swimming and diving team to its Scholar All-America team for the Spring 2019 Semester. A record 480 institutions had women's or men's teams named to the list.
CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart noted: "Coach Laing consistently produces one of our nation's best academic performers."
Westfield's swimming and diving team posted a collective 3.57 grade point average in the spring semester. The Owls posted a 7-2 dual meet record, and placed third at the Little East Conference championship meet, and seventh at the NEISDA Championship meet.
At 3.45, the median GPA among women's teams was the highest on record. The men's median (3.23) was down slightly from the Fall semester.
In Division III pair of academic stalwarts topped the list of 134 men's and 185 women's teams. Macalester's women (3.79) edged out MIAC rival Saint Catherine's (3.76). Macalester head coach Kyllian Griffin enthused, "We pride ourselves for challenging our students to be the absolute best they can be in the classroom, the pool and in the community and are proud of their successes in all aspects of their collegiate life." Among men's teams, MIT once again led the way (3.76), just ahead of the Macalester men. The Liberty League, placed the most teams (nine men, none women) onto the honor roll. University Athletic Association and NESCAC followed with sixteen teams each with the UAA achieving 100% recognition.
The CSCAA will announce its individual Scholar All-Americans next week.
-- portions of release courtesy CSCAA