NORFOLK, Va. –
The Missouri State men's and women's swimming and diving team received national recognition as both squads were named College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Teams, announced by the CSCAA Wednesday.
"I am pleased with our student-athletes for continuing to put an emphasis on excellence in the classroom," head coach Dave Collins
said. "Our program's success is a combination of motivated students that are serious about their academics, partnered with a valuable set of resources they have access to. To make it in this program you must be committed to academic success, no exceptions."
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 2016 fall semester.
The Missouri State men ranked first in the Mid-American Conference and ninth among all Division I institutions with a 3.40 GPA. Across all divisions, the squad tied for the top GPA in the state of Missouri with Washington University in St. Louis, who is ranked No. 15 in the nation in NCAA Division III. Eleven swimmers on the Bears' 22-man roster posted a 3.5 GPA or higher during the fall semester and the men's team has now been ranked in the top-10 for its eighth consecutive semester.
"This is a very competitive group of guys, and that competitiveness spills over into the classroom," Collins added. "They want to be the best and take great pride in our run of top-10 GPA semesters. This team's academic success is one of the first things out of my mouth to recruits, way before talking about all of our achievements in the pool."
The Missouri State women's team boasted a 3.38 grade point average, in which four Bears – Monica Blake
, Shawna Elsey
, Payton Smith
and Sydney Zupan
– carried a 4.0 GPA. Nineteen swimmers on Missouri State's 26-woman roster carried a 3.5 GPA or higher during the fall 2016 semester.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is the oldest organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA 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.