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NORFOLK, VA - The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has named 710 teams to its Scholar All-America list for the Spring 2018 Semester. The teams represent 476 institutions from across all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA Divisions. The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Included among the teams was Whittier College's Women's Swimming & Diving team who posted a team GPA of a 3.27 marking the eighth straight year the Purple & Gold have been recognized.
Success in the classroom and pool went hand-in-hand. On average, 23 of the top 25 top finishers in each of the NCAA Championships earned the award, with every NCAA title-winning team in all three divisions posting a GPA of 3.17 or higher. Nine teams finished among the top ten nationally in both team GPA and at their respective national championships.
Among teams with a dozen or more student-athletes, on the women's side Saint Francis (PA) led the nation with a 3.81 GPA. Grand Canyon University posted a 3.66 for the highest GPA among men's programs with a dozen or more participants. It is the third time the Antelope men have led Division I. The Sioux Falls women and Adelphi Men led all Division II programs with GPAs of 3.80 and 3.64 respectively.
Joining Whittier from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) included Pomona-Pitzer (3.67), Chapman (3.42), Occidental (3.42), Claremont-M-S (3.41), Redlands (3.41), and Caltech (3.33).