Norfolk, VA - College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced Wednesday the 2017 Scholar All-America Teams. The awards are in recognition of teams’ that achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2016 Fall Semester. The Northern State University swim team led the nation in NCAA Division II with a 3.76 GPA.
In addition to their honors in the NCAA Division II ranks, the Northern State University women tallied the highest GPA at all levels of college athletics including NCAA Division I, III, and NAIA. The next closest team was LIU Post with a 3.71 mark.
“This is a goal our swimmers set for themselves and set out to achieve it!” noted head coach Elyce Kastigar. “Hard work never goes wasted. I am excited for and proud of our team for setting this as a team goal and accomplishing this goal!”
“We are so proud of the hard work in the classroom from our swimming student-athletes,” added Northern State Director of Athletics, Josh Moon. “To achieve a 3.76 GPA and participate in one of the toughest sports in the NCAA says a lot about the character and quality of our student-athletes. Congratulations to Coach Kastigar and the entire team for this outstanding achievement!”
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 fall semester. 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.