Worcester, Mass. – The Clark University men's and women's swimming and diving teams were both named Scholar All-America squads it was announced early last week by Joel Shinofield, Executive Director of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
In order to earn the team award, swimming and diving teams must have achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester and again in the spring to recognize teams achieving a 3.0 in the semester coinciding with the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
"I am so proud of the commitment made in and out of the pool by everyone in this program," said head coach Paul E. Phillips. "Excelling academically is a cornerstone of what we believe in and these accolades are proof positive that academics and athletics can go hand and hand."
Clark is one of only three teams in the country to have both their men's and women's teams appear in the top ten joining Pomona-Pitzer and Colorado College. The Cougar men ranked third in the nation with a spring 2014 semester GPA of 3.51, while the women were sixth with a 3.62.
These honors are not unfamiliar to the Clark swimming and diving program. For the men, it marks the third time in the last four years that they have appeared in the top ten, including earning the top spot in the Fall of 2012. The women meanwhile, were tops in the country in the Spring of 2011.