COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams both earned College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America team awards on Monday, each registering the highest cumulative grade-point averages among their Northeast-10 Conference constituents during the first semester of the 2017-18 school year. The men, with a 3.52 GPA, were second among all NCAA Division II programs.
Saint Michael's was one of 41 Division II institutions whose men's and women's programs both earned a CSCAA Scholar All-America team award for the fall semester, with the women tying for ninth nationally with NE10 counterparts Adelphi University and Pace University, accumulating a 3.57 GPA.
The Purple Knight women drew the CSCAA Scholar All-America team honor for the ninth time in 10 cycles, and the men were lauded for the fifth time in the past six semesters. Both teams are amid their eighth seasons under head coach Eileen Hall, as Saint Michael's joined Bentley University 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 fall were lauded with the accolade.
The Purple Knight men were second out of the 43 Division II teams with a 3.0 GPA this past semester, while the women tied for ninth out of 67. On the women's side, five NE10 programs qualified for the honor, including three from New England. Four men's teams from the NE10 earned the accolade, among them two 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.