@HerdSwimDive Earns CSCAA Scholar All-America Honors
Team GPA of 3.65 places the Herd in the top 5 in NCAA Division I
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University swimming and diving has been named a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Team, the association announced Wednesday.
The honor is awarded to teams that achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the Fall 2016 semester.
The Thundering Herd’s GPA during the fall semester was 3.65, which ranks highest in Conference USA and is tied for fifth-best GPA in NCAA Division I. This is the second time in a row that Marshall ranked in the top 5 and has ranked No. 1 in C-USA for the fourth year in a row.
Marshall featured 11 student athletes with a 4.0 GPA, including Laura Bradley, Angelica di Marzio, Justine Jagga, Heather Lonkert, Anna Lynch, Bree Mury, Jordyn O’Dell, Sirena Rowe, Shir Wasserman, Brittany Wilkerson and Megan Wolons.
"Honestly, this is the statistic that really matters the most,” head coach Bill Tramel said. “We work hard at inspiring our team to excel in the classroom. We reinforce the importance of academics daily and make adjustments to allow them to be successful. It's something I picked up during my time at Georgia.
“We have 11 graduating this year, two of them a year early. We are incredibly proud that part of our identity is defined as successful students, who also happen to swim and dive well."
Iona College led all women’s Division I teams with a 3.69 GPA, while Brown and Grand Canyon were tied for second with a 3.68 GPA. Bowling Green had a 3.66 GPA. Marshall was tied with Southern Illinois with a 3.65 GPA.
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The Thundering Herd is back in the pool on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m. against the Southeastern Conference’s Vanderbilt.