COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving May graduate Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) earned the second College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America honor of her career on Wednesday, while her alma mater was one of 45 Division II institutions whose men's and women's programs both earned a CSCAA Scholar All-America team award for the spring semester.
To be lauded with a CSCAA Scholar All-America individual nod, a swimmer or diver must achieve a minimum cumulative or semester grade-point average of 3.5 and also compete at a national championship. McNall, who was a CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention as a rookie, capped her career with a storybook senior season that saw her become the first Purple Knight swimmer to compete at the NCAA Championship, the first to be named CSCAA All-America, and the first to earn Northeast-10 Conference Swimmer of the Year or the NE10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award. A two-time NE10 Academic All-Conference honoree, McNall was a five-time all-league qualifier and a three-time NE10 champion.
While McNall was one of five NE10 women to land a CSCAA Scholar All-America accolade of some sort, she was the only one named to the first team and not recognized as an honorable mention, with the Purple Knight the NE10's lone female representative at this year's NCAA Championship. Those posting a 3.5 GPA and at least a provisional qualification for a national championship - and not competing at the meet - are named honorable mention. McNall was one of 161 CSCAA Scholar All-America first team picks from across Division II, and one of three from Division II schools in New England.
The Purple Knight women drew the CSCAA Scholar All-America team honor for the eighth time in nine cycles, and the men were lauded for the fourth time in the past five semesters. Both teams recently finished their seventh seasons under head coach Eileen Hall, as Saint Michael's joined Bentley University and the University of Bridgeport as the only New England schools to have both squads land CSCAA Scholar All-America awards. Teams with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the spring were lauded with the accolade.
The Purple Knight women placed 37th out of the 75 teams with a 3.0 GPA thanks to a 3.43 this past semester, while the men were 24th out of 46 with a 3.24 GPA. On the women's side, seven NE10 programs qualified for the honor, as did five from New England. Five men's teams from the NE10 earned the accolade, as well as three from the region.
The CSCAA Scholar All-America team award has been distributed each semester since the beginning of the 2013-14 school year after previously being an annual honor. For complete listings of award winners, visit CSCAA.org.