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Swimming & Diving Honored By CSCAA For Academic Prowess
Five Bearcats will travel to ECAC Championship this weekend at Harvard
March 1, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs were named to the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team for the excellence in the classroom. The men ranked 56 out of 134 NCAA Division I programs, while the women rated 125 out of 193 Division I programs. Schools must have a team GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify.
“It’s a great feeling to see our name beside the elite schools in the country,” head coach Sean Clark said. “We’re very proud of our accomplishments in the classroom and we always strive to have Binghamton recognized on the national scene for academics. Our team is full of truly dedicated student-athletes looking to make waves in and out of the pool.”
The women improved their team GPA from a 3.0 last year (156th) to 3.09 this season, moving into a tie for 125. Out of the 193 Division I programs, 133 schools made the CSCAA Scholar All America Team for the fall semester. The University of North Texas headlined the women’s list with a GPA of 3.62, while New Hampshire was the only other America East school on the list.
The men, who have not made the fall semester list since 2008, placed in a tie for 56 out of the 63 teams that earned recognition by the CSCAA with a 3.01 team GPA. The Binghamton men were the only America East team to be named to the list. Yale led all men’s programs with a 3.57 GPA.
Binghamton recently had one of its best performances at the America East Championship as the two programs combined for 22 medals, crowning five conference champions. The men claimed its first second-place finish since 2007, while the women placed in the top-five for the second time in three years with their fifth-place showing.
The season does not end there for five Binghamton swimmers however, as Clark will take a small group to the ECAC Championships, March 1-2 at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool.
The Bearcats have not participated in the ECAC Championships since 2007 when they sent 12 swimmers and divers to Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the 2007 meet, the men placed sixth, while the women finished 11th as David Holmes was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet and Coach Clark earning Coach of the Meet honors.