Evanston, Ill. – Both the Clark University men's and women's swimming and diving teams have some of the best team grade point averages in the nation, according to data released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) late last week.
The men's overall team GPA of 3.36 was 18th in the country – good for tops in the NEWMAC, while the women were ranked 35th with a ledger of 3.41 behind only Mount Holyoke College (3.46) in terms of NEWMAC teams.
Both teams are recipients of the CSCAA Team Scholar All-America Award. In order to be eligible, the swimming and diving teams must have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester and in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
These are honors that aren't unfamiliar with the Clark program as both teams were ranked at No. 1 at some point over the last two years.
These awards come following the announcement of the New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) academic all-conference teams for the winter that included 14 members of the two programs – Danya Ankermann (Scarborough, Maine), Lydia Berry (Kennebunk, Maine), Amanda Brackett (Vassalboro, Maine), Kelsey Clary (Cambridge, Mass.), Mark Crisafulli (Wayland, Mass.), Jacob Dinerman (Cranston, R.I.), Alberto Guerrero (La Libertad, El Salvador), Gaby Jijon-Nemalceff (Quito, Ecuador), Josh Kent (Longmeadow, Mass.), Natalie Omary (New York, N.Y.), Holly Palardy (Pittsfield, Mass.), David Powers (Woodbridge, Conn.), Breanna Tucker (Temecula, Calif.) and Tyler Terriault (Claremont, N.H.).