Columbus, Ohio—It was announced this morning that both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams earned Scholar All-America distinctions from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
The award recognizes teams that achieved a grade point average of at least 3.0 during the Fall 2015 semester. The Ohio State women’s team earned a GPA of 3.29 while the men’s team earned a 3.10. Also of note: of the 547 teams to achieve this mark across Division I, II, III and NAIA, the men’s team here at OSU was the biggest in terms of roster-size.
The Buckeyes are no strangers to academic honors. This past summer, 19 total swimmers and divers were named CSCAA Scholar All-Americans, including 10 active student-athletes.
Per the release sent out earlier today, CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield noted that the teams’ GPAs were especially impressive given the rigorous course load taken by most swimmers. A recent survey of Division I programs showed that nearly one third of all male and over 40% of female swimmers and divers pursued degrees in the STEM fields.
Of the aforementioned 10 returning CSCAA Scholar All-Americans here at Ohio State, six are currently pursuing STEM degrees.
While they excel in the classroom on a daily basis, the Buckeyes will look to continue excelling in the pool as well with their dual meets this weekend. Friday’s competition begins at 5 p.m. and Saturday’s at 1 p.m.